Indigenous Arts Festival – Sunday Schedule
Sunday, June 23 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shop arts and crafts, and explore an Indigenous artisan market featuring contemporary and traditional fashion goods. View the schedule below and start planning your experience at the third and final day of the Indigenous Arts Festival!
Fort York West Gate
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – Toronto’s Indigenous Ecology | Alan Colley, founder of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours leads a guided walk that teaches the history of the grounds along with teachings about the relationships of the land. Sponsored by Stantec. Tour duration: 45 minutes. Meet by the Stantec sign.
Visitor Centre Orientation Theatre
10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3:15 p.m. – Seven Grandfather Teaching | Discover the origins of the Seven Grandfather Teaching and the animals they represent. Join a Wheel of Teaching game & learn how to apply the teachings to life. Workshop delivered by Indigenize Our Minds. Drop-in. Limited capacity.
11:45 a.m. – Moccasin Identifier Project | Carolyn King, former elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation leads this workshop and discusses the context, aim, and activities of the project as an educational and public intervention project to promote the ongoing presence of First Nations in cities throughout Ontario. Stencil images of First Nations’ footwear as a visual reminder of this traditional territory of Indigenous Peoples.
4:15 p.m. – Toronto’s Indigenous Ecology | Alan Colley, founder of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours leads a guided walk that teaches the history of the grounds along with teachings about the relationships of the land. Sponsored by Stantec. Tour duration: 45 minutes.
Fort York Garrison Common
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Mississaugas of the Credit Community Booth | Meet Indigenous knowledge keepers, enjoy activities, and learn all about the Moccasin Identifier Project.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Red Pepper Spectacle Arts | Stencil colourful emblematic flags honouring the Grandfather Teaching in Anishinaabemowi, and Clan Animal images. Drop-in.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Indigenous Market Vendors | A wealth of Indigenous artistry at the Indigenous Arts Festival Market Day! Featuring artisans from across Ontario, these vendors offer authentic goods including jewellery, clothing, leather goods, and beadwork. Cash preferred. ATM in the Visitor Centre. Vendor list subject to change.
Fort York North Grounds
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Indigenous Arts Festival Community Village | Celebrate the Solstice weekend. Organizations include The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Native Child and Family Services, The Toronto Public Library, and more.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Conundrum Interactive Musical Instrument | Hands-on activity, the iconic Canadian musical instrument from creator David Hynes. The Conundrum brings together strangers in a deep and visceral experience that people remember and carry with them into their daily lives.
Fort York East Grounds
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Okitchitaw Indigenous Weapons Experience with George Lepine | Unique, powerful, and practical martial art system that uses basic but aggressive combat movements and traditional weapons that were employed specifically throughout Plains Indigenous Warfare. Closed-toe shoes mandatory.
Fort York West Gate
10:20 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre Tipis.
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Biidaaban: First Light Interactive Virtual Reality Project | Interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. Walk-ups welcome. Presented by National Film Board and House of VR.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Sacred Canoe Art Installation | A 19-foot-long canoe designed and painted by the students of a visual arts educator and guided by Indigenous Elder Todd Jamieson. The painting depicts life, the wampum belt, and our journey together walking side-by-side in harmony and peace. This project reflects a desire to see the tenets of Truth and Reconciliation spread throughout the nation, starting with a single classroom.
Fort York Visitor Centre Boardwalk
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Izhininjiiniwag – They Move in a Certain Way | Photography exhibit featuring Indigenous youth connecting their passion for skateboard culture, Pow-Wow regalia, and photography. Skateboarding’s roots can be directly traced to surfing, itself an Indigenous technology. In honour of this connection, Oasis Skateboard Factory students worked with artists Chief Lady Bird, Aura, and Ev Pakinewatik to design and create regalia-inspired skate fashion to surf the city’s concrete waves. Presented by The Bentway and Oasis Skateboard Factory in collaboration with Chief Lady Bird, Aura and Ev Pakinewatik.