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Nurturing Our Roots, Bridging Our Future – Traditional PowWow 12:00 pm
Nurturing Our Roots, Bridging Our Future – Traditional PowWow @ Montebello Park
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In partnership with the City of St Catharines. the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and support from Celebration of Nations, Niagara Regional Native Centre is excited to be hosting it’s 4th Annual PowWow at Montebello Park this year! This free event boasts a variety of traditional crafts, foods and information. All are welcome to the Sunrise Ceremony at the Sacred Fire, Grand Entry at 12 noon followed by drumming, dancing and loads of fun! Drug & Alcohol free event, bring your own folding chair for comfort. Vendors, Sponsorship and Donations welcome. This event is hosted by the Niagara Regional Native Centre.
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Public Meeting: Niagara Falls Cultural Hub and Farmer’s Market 7:00 pm
Public Meeting: Niagara Falls Cultural Hub and Farmer’s Market @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm
The City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan expressed the desire for cultural intensification to create a vibrant and well planned city, and called for the development of an integrated, centralized cultural asset. The Main & Ferry area presents a unique opportunity to form a cultural cluster, as described in the City’s, and Region of Niagara’s Cultural Plan, in this neighbourhood. The project will operate as a new hub for culture and community in the historic Main & Ferry area. The project space, will be a dynamic creative space dedicated to arts, cultural engagement, and farmers’ market activity with additional publicly accessible space for community gatherings. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please take a few moments to fill out the short survey online. Visit letstalk.niagarafalls.ca for more information on this exciting new initiative. This event is hosted by the City of Niagara Falls.
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Woven Words – The Meaning of Wampum Belts 2:00 pm
Woven Words – The Meaning of Wampum Belts @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
How are Wampum Belts viewed from Haudenosaunee and Anishnabek perspectives? This workshop with acclaimed expert Rick Hill combines a lecture and a hands-on activity for the entire family. This event is part of a larger program called Reclaiming Cultural Identity. Other workshops are on October 28 and November 18. Be part of something special. This event is hosted by the Niagara Falls History Museum and Niagara Regional Native Centre.
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Fall Lecture Series: Queen Victoria and Canada 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: Queen Victoria and Canada @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lifelong Learning Niagara is a third age learning organization providing learning programs and experiences for adults 50+ living in the Niagara region. Queen Victoria and Canada Presenter: Dr. Carolyn Harris, Historian, Author and Royal Commentator; Teacher, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies Learn about Queen Victoria’s profound impact on Canadian history, politics and culture, plus her role as Mother of Confederation in uniting Canada in 1867. This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Public Meeting: Canada’s Indian Act 7:30 pm
Public Meeting: Canada’s Indian Act @ St. Catharines Public Library, Central Branch
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm
Topic: The Indian Act, the intent, its role in the settlement process of Canada, and how and why we must collectively as Indigenous and Allied peoples work toward a vision of equity, justice, and fairness in Canada. Speaker: Darren Thomas, Lecturer on Indigenous Studies, Sir Wilfred Laurier University A Niagara District Council of Women Business Meeting will take place at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Gracia Janes (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Niagara District Council of Women.
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Niagara Book Launch – Adam Shoalts 2:00 pm
Niagara Book Launch – Adam Shoalts @ Royal Canadian Legion #613
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #613 and Pelham Public Library present author Adam Shoalts, just back from his 5-month, 4,000 KM journey alone across Canada’s Arctic journey. The community is invited to celebrate with Adam as he launches A History of Canada in 10 Maps: The Epic, Untold Story of Canada’s Maps. Local author, explorer and adventurer Adam Shoalts recently released Alone Against the North to much acclaim. It won the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s 2016 Young Authors Award and the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award for northern literature. Alone Against the North spent twenty-six straight weeks on the national best-seller list, peaking at number 1 in Canada. Adam will be giving an illustrated talk. This event is free and refreshments will be served. Books are available for sale and signing. This event is hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #613 and Pelham Public Library.
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Niagara Beadwork, Then and Now 2:00 pm
Niagara Beadwork, Then and Now @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Find out how the Niagara Region’s Indigenous beadwork became so distinct, starting in the 19th century. Bring your beadwork and share its beauty, and be part of a hands-on, family-friendly workshop to create something new. This event is part of a larger program called Reclaiming Cultural Identity. Be part of something special. Read about this program in this Community Blog. This program is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees, and for people of all ages. Special programming has been arranged for children in attendance. This event is hosted by the Niagara Falls History Museum and the Niagara Regional Native Centre.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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Niagara Beadwork, Then and Now @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Find out how the Niagara Region’s Indigenous beadwork became so distinct, starting in the 19th century.

Bring your beadwork and share its beauty, and be part of a hands-on, family-friendly workshop to create something new.

This event is part of a larger program called Reclaiming Cultural Identity. Be part of something special. Read about this program in this Community Blog.

This program is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees, and for people of all ages. Special programming has been arranged for children in attendance.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Falls History Museum and the Niagara Regional Native Centre.

Nov
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Heart of Niagara Reading Series: Heather Tucker @ Pelham Public Library - Fonthill Branch
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force about a child sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families — the one she’s born in to and the one she creates.

The Toronto Star describes The Clay Girl as “astonishingly exquisite debut novel” that “will take your breath away.” Heather has had a long and varied career in medicine and as a professional writer.

She has travelled widely gathering stories until she discovered that “playing with words” is more fun than working with them. She has won numerous awards for short fiction and non-fiction. The Clay Girl is her debut novel.

This event is hosted by Pelham Public Library.

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Screening of Film “Us & Them” @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - The Film House
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm

Filmed over a decade, Us and Them is a deeply visceral film about transformation through human connection. Krista Loughton, filmmaker, befriends four chronically homeless people in an effort to help them heal their lives.

These four charismatic people reveal the heartrending realities of their lives. The severe challenges of life on the street are portrayed with an unapologetic openness, in both emotive and humorous ways. All are struggling with addiction issues rooted in their painful childhood histories.

You are invited to a free screening of the film followed by a discussion on poverty and homelessness in Niagara.

RSVP only to Shoneez Munshi (see contact information above).

This screening is hosted by the United Way of St. Catharines & District.

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Creation Story Revisited: Indigenous Artists Reflect Creation Teaching @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hear the Creation Story through traditional oral storytelling, and develop an appreciation of modern-day depictions of the story.

This event is part of a larger program called Reclaiming Cultural Identity. Be part of something special.

This program is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees, and for people of all ages. Special programming has been arranged for children in attendance.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Falls History Museum and Niagara Regional Native Centre.

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NCF Niagara Leaders Breakfast @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Join the Niagara Community Foundation for the 16th annual Niagara Leaders Breakfast, featuring the release of the Living in Niagara 2017 Report. This triennial report, prepared by Niagara Connects, weaves together data and knowledge to describe quality of life across 12 Living in Niagara Sectors.

During the breakfast, community leaders and Niagara Community Foundation grant recipients will share stories that highlight ways data sharing supports planning to build a stronger future for Niagara.

For information or tickets call 905-684-8688.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

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