National Indigenous Peoples Day

Join Odenaang Circle, the BWG Public Library, and the Town of BWG in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st!⁠

Join us for an evening packed with powerful guest speakers, mesmerizing drummers, soulful singers, captivating dancers, and a dance circle to unite our spirits!

Meet Odenaang Circle

Odenaang Circle is a recently formed Indigenous committee in BWG, with a mission to infuse Indigenous culture into the heart of the community and create a space of inclusivity and understanding.

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In addition to planning and executing a community celebration for National Indigenous Peoples Day, Odenaang Circle is eager to host monthly pop-up events to celebrate their rich heritage throughout the entire year!

Whether you're Indigenous or simply curious about our traditions, everyone is welcome to join in the fun and learn, grow, and connect together.

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Schedule of events

Friday, June 21, 2024, starting at 5:00 pm.

5:00 pm - Sunshine Square, Leisure Centre, 471 West Park Ave
  • Opening prayer and ceremony performed by elder, Jimmy Dick
  • Remarks from Odenaang Circle 
  • Proclamation reading and flag raising
  • Closing remarks from M/C
5:30 pm - West Lawn, BWG Public Library, 425 Holland Street West
  • Indigenous Vendor Market opens (outdoor and indoor) and food and refreshments
  • Storytelling from Indigenous Medicine Woman and member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, Asha Frost (indoor)
6:30 pm - West Lawn, BWG Public Library, 425 Holland Street West
Dancing and drumming featuring Grass Dancer, Steve Teekens; and Jingle Dancer, Rielle Lantaigne

Meet the Indigenous Artists

Photo of Indigenous Elder, Jimmy Dick

Jimmy Dick

Secretary, Board of Directors, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training Language Carrier, Teacher, Elder, and Musician.

From Moose Cree Nation, Moose Factory, Ontario

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Jimmy Dick has been a community organizer in Toronto since moving to the city in 1975. He has been a longtime board member at Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, an organization dedicated to equipping Indigenous clients at many stages of life to become innovators, skilled workers and leaders.

Dick is an active volunteer with numerous organizations in the Indigenous community, a ceremonial leader, and an advocate for Indigenous rights. A fluent Cree language speaker, he shares his knowledge on Native Culture and Spirituality as an educator at Kâpapâmahchakwêw - Wandering Spirit School. He also leads the Eagleheart Drummers and Singers, a highly regarded group who have been performing in Toronto and beyond for over twenty-five years, with key members including Dick’s partner, Marie Gaudet, and their sons.

Dick is recognized across Toronto for his selfless community work and commitment to sharing his knowledge as an educator and advocate.

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Asha Frost

Asha Frost (she/her) is an Indigenous Medicine Woman and member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation.

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Asha Frost has a BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph and a degree in Homeopathic Medicine. 

Asha is also the best-selling Author of You are the Medicine.

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Steve Teekens

Executive Director at Na-Me-Res (Native Men's Residence), Advocate, Educator, Musician, Grass Dancer

From Nipissing First Nation, Ontario

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Working closely with homeless and marginalized communities in Toronto since 1995, Steve Teekens has been the Executive Director at Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) since 2008.

Currently operating an emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing and affordable housing in locations across the city, Na-Me-Res has been using a culture-based approach to support Indigenous men experiencing homelessness since 1985, expanding significantly since that time to address ongoing housing crises in Toronto. Na-Me-Res works to address clients’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs through cultural programs and services, including ceremonies, an educational fund, a Medicine Wheel Garden, music and language classes.

Teekens is also a proud father, traditional drummer, singer, and Grass Dancer, who has performed at major events across Canada and internationally with the Red Spirit Singers. He regularly teaches drumming and singing to men and youth in Toronto, and shares teachings on the drum.

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Jay Lomax

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Rielle Lantaigne

Rielle Lantaigne is an Anishinaabe kwe youth residing in Pickering. Rielles community is Serpent River FN.

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Rielle has recently been awarded the heritage civic award from the city of Pickering for her work with the Indingenous relationship building circle. Rielle has attended several organizations such as Durham College and Ontario Tech sharing her gifts through education and demonstrating jingle dress dancing. Rielle is a hockey player and gymnast and love her cat Star.

Dancer Theresa Sandy from Beausoleil First Nation

Theresa Sandy

Thank you to event partners

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By GHD Digital