First Nation communities release 2016 powwow schedule

powwowcollage2Nine First Nation communities in New Brunswick will celebrate their culture and heritage with annual powwows in the coming months.

“Powwows are a cultural celebration where people of all ages gather to sing, dance, and conduct spiritual ceremonies in honour of the First Nations heritage,” said Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. “It is an opportunity to renew old friendships, make new ones and gather together to reflect on New Brunswick’s aboriginal heritage. We are fortunate to have First Nation communities share their traditions with us by hosting powwows throughout the summer months, and I encourage all New Brunswickers to come join in the celebrations.”

Powwows are open to the public and carry on the tradition of embracing family, friends, and guests each year. They feature an array artwork, crafts, traditional clothing, food, vendors and concessions.


Come and Dance to the Beat of Our Drum

June 17-19 Saint Mary’s (Sitansisk) Old Reserve Ground Union St. Fredericton 506-458-9511

June 25-26 Tobique (Negootgook) Tobique Mudwass Park 506-273-5424

July 2-3 Pabineau (Oinpegitjoig) Pabineau Powwow Ground 506-548-9211

July 14-17 Eel Ground (Natoaganeg) Eel Ground Powwow Ground 506-627-4600

July 29-31 Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation (Red Bank) Metepenagiag Powwow Ground 506-836-6118

August 13-14 Eel River Bar (Ugpi’ganjig) Aboriginal Heritage Garden 506-684-6272

August 19-21 Esgenoôpetitj (Burnt Church) Esgenoôpetitj Powwow Ground 506-776-1200

September 2-4 Elsipogtog (Big Cove) Elsipogtog First Nation Beside School 506-523-8345

September 23-25 Kingsclear (Pilick) Kingsclear First Nation Old Church Ground 506-363-3019


June 21 National Aboriginal Day Celebration Outside Saint John City Hall, 15 Market Square 506-658-3600

June 30 – July 1 AFN’s Fisherman Powwow Waterford Green Park Miramichi 506-424-1340

July 24th St. Anne’s Day Festival Kingsclear Church Ground 506-363-3028

July 24th St. Anne’s Day Festival & Bazaar Esgenoôpetitj First Nation Church Grounds 506-776-1200

July 26 – 30 NB Indian Summer Games Eel Ground First Nation 506-627-4600

September 1-5 Tobique Labour Day Festival Tobique Ball Field 506-273-5564

The Mi’kmaq and Wolastokiyik First Nations in New Brunswick welcome you to visit our communities and join in the celebration of our culture through dance, song, chants, and feasts. The Powwows still carry on the tradition of embracing family, friends, and guests each year. There will be an array of vendors with authentic artwork and crafts, traditional clothing and concessions. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Powwows normally start on Thursday and Friday with Sunrise Ceremonies at 6 AM, with lighting of the Sacred Fire and vendor set up; Grand Entrance is usually held on Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm.

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