Media Coverage 2021


Drumming across the country closes out Celebration of Nations | CBC

12 September 2021

Across the country today, hundreds of people gathered together to drum in unison to acknowledge the truth of residential schools that continues to be uncovered. [READ MORE]

CTV News at 6 | CTV London

12 September 2021

“Today marked the first of its kind – Drums Across Canada. A livestreamed event that included performances across the country.” [WATCH CLIP] (Clip begins at 15:28)


‘The medicine of creativity’: St. Catharines hosts Celebration of Nations | Niagara This Week

12 September 2021

About 30 participants at a Celebration of Nations workshop this past weekend didn’t just learn about Indigenous culture, they also went home with a physical reminder of those lessons. [READ MORE]

Photo: Sacred fire starts Celebration of Nations | St. Catharines Standard

10 September 2021

A sacred fire marked the start of the Celebration of Nations, which runs through the weekend with performances inside and outside along with livestreaming. [READ MORE]


Indigenous drummers join pan-Canadian drum circles Sunday in Victoria Park | CBC London

10 September 2021

Drums Across Canada is a new program created by artistic director Michele-Elise Burnett, as part of the annual three-day Celebration of Nations. [READ MORE]

Sacred fire burning all weekend behind St Catharines arts centre | InNiagara

10 September 2021

From dawn today (September 10) until Sunday at dusk, a sacred fire has been burning in the backyard of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St Catharines to mark the city’s fifth annual Celebration of Nations. [READ MORE]

Moment of Truth with David Moses | ELMNT FM

9 September 2021

Interview with Michele-Elise Burnett on Celebration of Nations. [LISTEN HERE]

Former PM Paul Martin guest speaker at St Catharines’ Celebration of Nations | InNiagara

9 September 2021

When St Catharines begins Celebration of Nations tomorrow (September 10), the special guest speaker will be former Prime Minister Paul Martin. [READ MORE]

5th Annual Celebration of Nations Set For This Weekend | CKTB 610AM

8 September 2021

The 5th annual Celebration of Nations goes this weekend in St. Catharines. This years event will be a hybrid with in person activities at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre as well as some virtual programming. [READ MORE]

This Year’s Drums Across Canada, in Niagara, Ontario, Seeks to Unite the Nation | Niagara at Large

8 September 2021

New to Celebration of Nations this year, Artistic Director Michele-Elise Burnett has created a powerful program called Drums Across Canada to bridge our country together in unity, to send love, and to heal. [READ MORE]


Celebration of Nations launches virtual and in-person events for fifth year run | Two Row Times

8 September 2021

“Since COVID-19 emerged, it has become even more clear how important community and the arts are to maintaining healthy minds and hearts,” said Artistic Director Michele-Elise Burnett. [READ MORE]

5 things you won’t want to miss at this year’s Celebration of Nations | Niagara This Week

7 September 2021

For the fifth year in a row, Celebration of Nations will bring Indigenous culture to downtown St. Catharines. The weekend of Sept. 10 to 12 will be a gathering of Indigenous arts, culture, and tradition, in an event is hosted by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (the PAC). [READ MORE]

Celebration of Nations Returns | Go/Be Weekly

6 September 2021

When the Sacred Fire is lit in the back of the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre, it will signify the start of three days of exceptional programming that includes everything from poetry readings and choirs to two amazing live ticketed events. [READ MORE]

Drums Across Canada to cap this year’s Celebration of Nations | St. Catharines Standard

6 September 2021

The final day of the Celebrations of Nations in Niagara will be a drum performance that goes nationwide. Drums Across Canada, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Sunday, will unite drum circles happening concurrently in St. Catharines; Saint John, N.B; London, Ont., and Nanaimo, B.C. The Niagara component takes place in the backyard of FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. [READ MORE]

The revelry returns: Celebration of Nations back for fifth year | St. Catharines Standard

23 August 2021

Niagara’s Indigenous festival Celebration of Nations will return to live events for its fifth year. The event was completely online for last year’s edition while its usual home at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) in St. Catharines was shuttered during the pandemic. This year will see a mix of live and livestream programming Sept. 10 to 12. [READ MORE]


Media Releases

Celebration of Nations 2021 Outstanding Achievement winners announced!

10 Sept 2021

Local, National and Global Partners expand reach and message of the 5th annual Celebration of Nations

9 Sept 2021

Drums Across Canada to create powerful, unifying message to close the 5th annual Celebration of Nations

2 Sept 2021

Indigenous Youth, Elders, Grandmothers, Intellectual Leaders and a former Prime Minister of Canada among esteemed guests

26 August 2021

Celebration of Nations Indigenous Arts Gathering announces full program for Year 5 – On Seeking Wisdom

19 August 2021

Celebration of Nations Indigenous Arts Gathering announces theme for fifth marquee year – On Seeking Wisdom

21 June 2021