In photos: Inaugural All-Nations Powwow draws crowd to University of Toronto Mississauga

(Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)
(Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

An estimated 1,500 people turned out for the inaugural All-Nations Powwow at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The event, held March 25, was co-hosted by University of Toronto Mississauga’s Indigenous Centre and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). 

"It doesn’t just take one person; it actually takes an entire community to really bring this to fruition and make this successful,"  Tee Duke , director of the University of Toronto Mississauga Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII-UTM) told CityNews. "We are a very small team here, a tiny office, but it really did take the entire UTM community to bring this entire event to success." 

When the University of Toronto Mississauga Office of Indigenous Initiatives first opened last year , Duke named hosting the powwow as a priority - part of University of Toronto Mississauga’s ongoing commitment to meet the recommendations in  Answering the Call: Wecheehetowin , the final report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 

Watch coverage of the event at CityNews

Statement of Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.  Read about University of Toronto’s Statement of Land Acknowledgement.