You might remember Oneida Circle from its first Indigenous Day event this past June. That was just a small taste of what’s in store for you as Oneida Circle presents the second annual Akweni Ki (You Can Do It) festival.
Saturday is the indigenous artist showcase, fashion show, and music festival. It is followed up on Sunday by a traditional pow wow. Bob Goulais returns as MC for a second year, as well as arena director Earl Oegema, and Black Bull Moose Singers as host drum. Appearing for the first time will be the Red Spirit Singers and cultural coordinator Suzanne Smoke.
To help you get a taste of what you’ll enjoy, here’s the schedule of events:
Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
12:00 pm Artist Showcase Opening
1:00 pm David R Maracle
2:00 pm DJ Ojibwe
2: 30 pm Bruno Henry Fashion Show
3:00 pm Mimi Émilie O’Bonsawin
4:00 pm Missy Knott
5:00 pm Jace Martin
6:00 pm Crystal Shawanda
7:00 pm Hoop Dancer Theland Kicknosway
Sunday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday is a traditional pow wow and the grand entry (entrance of flags, dignitaries, dancers, etc.) is at noon.
This all takes place at the Brampton Fairgrounds, just over the border in Caledon at 12942 Heart Lake Rd.
Akweni Ki happens rain or shine, and you can get tickets ahead of time by getting in touch with Oneida Circle at email@example.com or calling 416-743-2233 ext 100. You can get tickets at the gate, too, and either way it will run you $10 for one day or $15 for the weekend (kids 12 and under are free).