press releases:

Thurs 11 Aug — For Immediate Release: Celebration of Nations Indigenous Arts Gathering announces full programming

Thurs 18 Aug — For Immediate Release: Celebration of Nations’ 2022 Programming to Highlight the Wisdom and Contributions of Indigenous Women

Thur 25 Aug — Celebration of Nations Offers Creative New Ways to Engage with Indigenous Art, Culture and Tradition this September 

Thur 1 Sept — Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast: Call, Respond, Reflect — Drums Across Canada Event Doubles in Size to Close 2022 Celebration of Nations Indigenous Gathering


media coverage:

Cross-country drum circle to unite Yukon, N.W.T. and provinces this weekend | CBC North

10 SEPT 2022

The Yellowknives Dene Drummers and the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers out of Whitehorse are participating in a cross-country drum circle that people can attend in the N.W.T., the Yukon, and six provinces this weekend. The event is called Drums Across Canada, and it originated from an Indigenous arts gathering in Niagara, Ont., called Celebration of Nations. [READ MORE]


5 free things to check out at this weekend’s Celebration of Nations | Niagara This Week

9 SEPT 2022

This weekend’s Celebration of Nations event is packed full of events for the whole family…For those looking to participate in the weekend’s festivities, but are looking for free events to attend, there are also many options. [READ MORE]

Niagara in the Morning with Tim Denis | 610 CKTB

9 SEPT 2022

Listen to this interview on CKTB 610 with Celebration of Nations’ Artist Producer Tim Johnson and Artist Director Michele-Elise Burnett. [LISTEN]

Indigenous gathering resumes with in-person programming | Anishinabek News

8 SEPT 2022

This year marks the sixth year that the three-day event, which includes Indigenous music, dance, film and traditional arts as well as speakers and workshops, has been staged in St. Catharines. [READ MORE]

Buffy Sainte-Marie back where she belongs at Celebration of Nations | St. Catharines Standard

8 SEPT 2022

At 81, Buffy Sainte-Marie is having a two-week stretch that would exhaust people half her age. Maybe younger.

It’s Wednesday and she’s in Toronto banging off one interview after another. The next night, she’ll walk the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of the documentary “Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On.” After that, she heads to St. Catharines to perform at the Celebration of Nations Saturday night. [READ MORE]

Indigenous “Celebration of Nations” returns for sixth year | The Voice of Pelham

8 SEPT 2022

The gathering, held annually on the weekend after Labour Day, is a three-day showcase, September 9 through 11, at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, in St. Catharines. It highlights Indigenous arts, culture, and heritage, replete with traditional and contemporary music and dance, visual art, film screenings, and creative workshops. [READ MORE]

Celebration of Nations returns this weekend | 610 CKTB

8 SEPT 2022

The event, now in its sixth year, will feature more than 40 events with some being ticketed, some pay-what-you-can, and others free. The programming is a collection of activities including musical performances, traditional teachings, and hands on activities for young and old. [READ MORE]

Yellowknives Dene Drummers to feature in Drums Across Canada | Cabin Radio

7 SEPT 2022

The Yellowknives Dene Drummers will take part in a drumming call-and-response live show across Canada this weekend. [READ MORE]

Celebration of Nations coming to FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre | 101.1  – More FM 

6 SEPT 2022

Celebration of Nations Indigenous Arts Gathering is taking place this weekend. From Friday until Sunday, the event will return to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre for its sixth year. [LISTEN]

The Red Dress Exhibit | WGRZ – Buffalo, NY

2 SEPT 2022

Channel 2 spoke with an indigenous artist who is hoping to raise awareness through her exhibit. [WATCH]


‘Red Dress Exhibit’ Sheds light on violence aimed at Native women | Lockport Journal

1 SEPT 2022

Michele-Elise Burnett, exhibit creator and Artpark’s indigenous art producer, calls The Red Dress Exhibit a “trailblazing” endeavor because it recognizes murdered and missing indigenous women and raises awareness of atrocities still occurring. Burnett is a member of the Metis and Algonquin nations. [READ MORE]


The Red Dress Exhibit: Raising Awareness of the Crimes Against Indigenous Women and Girls, Two-Spirit People | Muskrat Magazine

30 AUG 2022

On September 10-11, 2022 Niagara’s Celebration of Nations will include The Red Dress Exhibit, a Kakekalanicks initiative. “The exhibit is intended to increase awareness of the epidemic of the on-going horrific, systemic, racist crimes targeting Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people. [READ MORE]


Celebration of Nations to honour Indigenous matriarchs | Niagara This Week

28 AUG 2022

Indigenous women will be front and centre of this year’s Celebration of Nations. The sixth annual event, which takes place at St. Catharines’ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre over the weekend of Sept. 9, will celebrate matriarchs. [READ MORE]


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