Northeastern Ontario Pow Wow Guide: Summer 2023

Culture, community, food, dancing, music, tradition, regalia—check out the 2023 calendar and discover where to celebrate this year.

This summer, experience the celebration and honour tradition at one of the many Pow Wows in Northeastern Ontario celebrating First Nations culture, food, and history. Filled with joy, ceremony, and fellowship, these cultural gatherings are an important part of Indigenous identity and tradition for many First Nations communities.

Attending a Pow Wow either as a respectful guest or as a participant is a special way to experience Indigenous cultures.

Here is a partial list of Pow Wows in Northeastern Ontario in 2023. Don’t see yours? Please let us know so we can add it.


June 3-4, 2023 
Aundeck Omni Kaning traditional Powwow, Manitoulin Island, ON

Located on the North Channel on the shore of Manitoulin Island, the theme of this year's Pow Wow is "Remember, Reconnect & Revive". Grand Entry is at 12 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, then at 12 pm on Sunday. Admission is free and welcome to all.

For more information, visit the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nations Website or call 705-368-2228.

June 10-11, 2023
Spirit of the Drum 5th Annual Pow Wow, Smith Falls, ON

Join celebrations on Duck Island with Grand Entry at 12 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit the SFDCI Facebook.

June 10-11, 2023 
Sheshegwaning First Nation 26th Annual Pow Wow, Sheshegwaning First Nation, ON

Grand entry at noon on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday.

For more information, visit the Sheshegwaning Facebook or phone 705-283-3292.

June 10-11, 2023  
Henvey Inlet First Nations 20th Annual Inter-Tribal Pow Wow, French River Reserve No. 13, ON

The theme of this year's pow wow is "A Mother's Love is at The Heart of Our Nation". Grand entry is on Saturday at 1 pm, 7 pm & Sunday at 12 pm. Honorariums will be given to all dancers and the first five registered drum groups. Camping is available on site.

For more information, visit the Henvey Inlet Pow Wow Facebook.

June 10-11, 2023  
Maamwi Kindaaswin "Learning Together" Pow Wow, North Bay, ON

This 15th annual pow wow will once again take place at Lee Park in North Bay and is a free family event. The theme this year is "Celebrating Our Growth". There will be sunrise ceremonies, dancing, music, indigenous vendors, and a feast on Saturday.

For more information, visit the Maamwi Kindaaswin Pow Wow Facebook.

June 24-25, 2023 
Dokis First Nation 21st Annual Traditional Pow Wow, Parry Sound, ON

This year's Pow Wow features inter-tribal dancing. Rough camping available.

For more information, visit the Dokis First Nation Facebook.



August 5-7, 2023 
Wiikwemkoong Annual Cultural Festival Pow Wow, Manitoulin Island, ON

Grand Entry is at noon each day. Various presentations, workshops, dances and vendors. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children, and free admission for children under 6 and elders over 65. 

For more information, contact the Wiikwemikong Heritage Organization at (705) 859-2385 or visit the Wiikwemikong Heritage Facebook.  

August 18-20, 2023
Apitipi Anicinapek Nation Pow Wow, Apitipi Anicinapek Nation, ON

Grand Entry is at 5 pm on Friday and at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. This year’s theme is “Building New Relationships”.

For more information, visit the Apitipi Anicinapek Nation Facebook.

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