Our Vision

Celebration of Nations is an annual and ongoing Indigenous performing and visual arts gathering to honour and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples within Canada.

Celebration of Nations is part of a long-term vision of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks and the City of St. Catharines to build on the Two Row Wampum that promotes all Nations walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for our shared future.

Planned as a year-long program Celebration of Nations will reach a crescendo on September 7, 8, and 9 2018 with a three-day Gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture, and Tradition that will showcase a wide variety of Indigenous arts and artists, ranging from traditional and contemporary music, dance performance, and visual arts to film screenings, creative workshops, a distinguished speaker series, and hands-on activities for both children and adults.

More than 20+ other compelling performances, interactive activities, speakers, and participatory events, have been curated and juried by Artistic Director Michele-Elise Burnett (Métis) and Artistic Producer Tim Johnson (Mohawk), with support of the Celebration of Nations Advisory Committee and Performing Arts Centre programming staff.

The great Métis leader Louis Riel once said, “My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” Through the Celebrations of Nations programming delivered at this new state-of-the-art venue, that vision comes true.