All Nations juniors + First Fire Dance

Mon, May 20

All Nations Jrs + First Fire Dance

from Tkaronto, Ontario

Enjoy a live performance of youth groups from different nations across Turtle Island with the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre featuring Pow Wow-style drumming. 

Performance
all ages

part of JUNIOR

Free Admission
No tickets required

Photo by Brian Medina

All Nations juniors + First Fire Dance

Photo by Brian Medina

About

Noong Ednaakiijig Eshniigjig Medwegaagejig 

Gwaandaak Eshniigjig aanke Mewiidoonaa Anishnaabe Zhegaawin Medwegaageyaad. Ene-she bigwad, miigeynwaa maagweyaad niiyaap eshi ngoodoweanngesewad minwaa ednaakiiwad. Wii-aanke miidowad maandaa Medwegegaan, ekwaa Zhansweboongad gii-maachtaawok, Bezhik ataam, gemaachpiich giimaanjiinok, noong benjijibayad, Cree, Dakota, Ojibwe, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee, Naangwadnoong gegwa Anishnaabe iiyowsek wiidbaabook geynoowaa. Nsaadwenaachgaasowak, ezhi gichipiitendaagosiiyad. Giiyaabe gwaa naangwaa Negaamook Medwegaagewod, egwendaa genaan gwaa wiinoondaagwad. 

Ntaam Mskode Niimwin 

Ntaam Mskode Niimwin kinoomachigaaswok Eshkiniijek Niizhwaaswe Piinish Mdaaswe shin Nswaaswe ensaaboongisjig. Maandaa wewene gekenchigaadek, Niiwing shenaagwad Niimedwin eckinoomaachigaaswad Skeniimwin, Biikskaa Niimwin, Baabgwaashning Niimwin, Minwaa, Kete Onaak Niimwin Kina Kinoomaadwin wii miisek Mshkiki Detebesen minwaa wiinaadmaagwad wewene wiibemaadsiiwad, minwaa wiiaankiienmowad ensaagizhigak. 

Giiyaabe Ntaam Niimjik daankiitanaa-aa wiinaakiitwaa-aad bebebkaan bemaadsinjin maampii Regent Park minwaa Cabbage town ednaakijik. 

All Nations Juniors + First Fire Dance 

Formed in 2012, the All Nations Juniors are a youth drum group based in Tkaronto, performing a blend of traditional and contemporary styles. The group emerged out of Toronto Council Fire’s Little Embers Youth program, comprised of youth from many different Nations including Dakota, Anishinaabe, Chippewa, Cree, and Haudenosaunee, as well as invited non-Indigenous – thus, All Nations. As the original All Nations drum group transitioned into adulthood, the All Nations Juniors continued the powerful legacy of Toronto Council Fire’s drum. The group has composed many songs, like the Cree/Ojibway song, “Everyone Welcome” which honours all people across Turtle Island.

About Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre is an autonomous, vibrant cultural agency that involves and serves the Indigenous community with confidence for and commitment to their well-being.

About All Nations Juniors

Each group member has been singing, dancing and practising their culture since they were babies. So, in 2012 when the drum group first met through Toronto Council Fire’s youth program, Embers, All Nation Juniors was born. The group has composed many songs, one of which, Everyone Welcome, was written by members Dakota Myran and Jayden Wemigwans. This Cree/Ojibwe song was composed in honour of all peoples across Turtle Island and tells a story that all dancers are welcome to come into the arena to dance and showcase their styles and culture.   

The group also sings many covers gifted to them by other Drum groups. Some of these songs they have been carrying for eight years, like the inter-tribal dance by the Smoke Trail Singers. This drum group has honoured ANJs by gifting them multiple songs to sing on the Pow Wow trail.   

Jayden Wemigwans, Malakai Daybutch, Dakota Myran, Joey Myran, Liam Myran, Kevin Myran, Kalean Pelletier, Blackwolf Har, Ariyah Svyret, Danielle Migwans

About First Fire Dance

The First Fire Dance Troupe was created in 2013 by Dana Khan (Solomon), in her capacity as Akwe:go youth coordinator, incorporating her passion for ballet, contemporary dance, and incorporating her life experience as an Anishinaabe-Kwe. The First Fire Dance program is open to youth from all backgrounds. The Juniors are between the ages of 7-12, while the Seniors are between the ages of 13-18. One of the program’s greatest strengths is creating a sense of belonging and community for the youth involved. Their focus includes traditional hoop-dance, hip-hop, and many other styles of dance, including the use of the medicine wheel teachings to honour all Nations and all life within it.

Masima Lawrence, Athena Tomes, Izabella Goulding, Elizabeth Goulding, Leila Bardy, Jasmine Cross, Hope Martin, Maiya Trevena, Alexis Lee

Dates & Times

Mon, May 20
4:00pm 5:00pm

Tickets

Free admission
No tickets required

Venue

Stage in the Park

A performance stage on our West Lawn

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON

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