Immerse yourself in a spectacular showcase of Indigenous culture with the Masters Indigenous Games 2018 Cultural Village. Located in Downsview Park, the village will be within walking distance of a majority of the sporting venues in a beautiful, open area. The village will offer a celebration of cultural experiences through workshops, storytelling, and interactive performances, as well as daily demonstrations of various traditional games. After the demonstrations, visitors will be able to participate in any of the given traditional games, which will be inclusive and entertaining for the whole family to enjoy.
- Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm. Main Stage performances 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
- Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Main Stage performances 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
- Sunday 11:00am – 5:00 pm. Pow Wow grand entry begins at Noon. Traditional feast to begin at 6:00pm.
About Downsview Park
Downsview Park is a dynamic urban park that combines active and passive elements, reflecting the diverse nature of the surrounding Downsview community. Visitors from all over the Greater Toronto Area are attracted to the Park’s various on-site uses, ranging from education, sports, nature, recreation and cultural events. Click here for more information about Downsview Park.
Getting to Downsview Park and the Cultural Village
Visitors have access to free on-site parking, or you can access the park via public transportation. Downsview Park GO/TTC Station provides Park visitors a whole new way of getting there, and anywhere else you need to go in Toronto! The Downsview Park GO/TTC subway station connects to Line 1 and provides access all across Toronto. Please visit the TTC’s official website for up-to-date information, a list of schedules, and to follow services alerts.
Traditional Sport Demonstrations
The traditional sports demonstrations will be held in the Cultural Village where visitors will be able to view and participate after the demonstrations take place. The traditional sports being demonstrated will be Archery, Lacrosse, Standing Stick, Teepee Building, and Tug of War. There will be a maximum number of team spots available and teams must meet the requirements in the Technical Package in order to compete. The demonstrations will take place daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm within the Cultural Village and registered participants will receive a special honorary gift for being a part of the traditional sports demonstrations.
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Cultural Performances and Demonstrations
The Cultural Village will give attendees the chance to celebrate and learn about Indigenous cultures from around the world. A number of performances will take place throughout the two-day Cultural Village including:
Moyos Rainos Mutamba
Moyos Rainos is a gwenyambira, master of the mbira instrument. The Mbira (‘um-BEER-a’), an African instrument typically associated with the Shona people have been played for more than a thousand years. Moyo Rainos Mutamba will be performing a large repertoire of ritual and ceremonial songs from ancient mbira music traditions. Moyos performances include dance and contemplative pieces that are ‘consistently trance-inducing’. Moyo is the Founder of Ubuntu Learning Village, an indigenous culture hub and revitalization centre, located in Gutu Zimbabwe. Moyo has shared dance, hosho song, and cultural issues in Canada and the US for the last decade.
Auriele Diotte is a graduate of Redeemer University College (2014) holding a B.A. in Theatre Performance. She learned about her Métis culture and about jigging from the Oshawa Durham Region Métis Council and has, since, been an active Métis dancer for 8 years. She has been in association with the Act One School of Drama in Pickering as Counsellor, Instructor and Camp Director for 4 years and she is now a children’s party entertainer with The Fairytale Factory.
Tomahawk throwing demonstrations with Chief Master Instructor George Lepine. Okichitaw is a unique, powerful, practical martial art system that uses basic but aggressive combat movements that were employed specifically throughout Plains Indigenous Warfare. Based on Indigenous Plains combat techniques and tactics, this concurrent version of the combat art embodies the spirit of the Plains Warrior fighting and warfare applications through the utilization with traditional weapons. Get your throwing arm ready, visitors will have the opportunity to participate!
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Visitors to the Masters Indigenous Games 2018 Cultural Village will have the chance to browse a number of authentic Indigenous crafts, art, and material focused vendors. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a number of children-based educational workshops that focus on Indigenous cultures and knowledge sharing.
Vendors may include but are not limited to:
- Canadian Forces Recruiting
- Nishnawbe Aski Police
- Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada
- Canard Blanc Creations
- Blue Dawn Jewelry
- Canadian Armed Forces
- Kwiio Couture
- Ontario Arts Council
- Anishinaabek Nation
- Marcos Arcentales – Tierra Sol Crafts
- Irina Popova
Interested in joining the Masters Indigenous Games Vendors Village?
Access the MIG 2018 VENDOR PACKAGE.
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