National Aboriginal Day Thunder Bay


NAD Thunder Bay

DancerThe National Aboriginal Day Thunder Bay Committee is working hard to bring you another fantastic National Aboriginal Day celebration over two days (June 20 and 21, 2014). This year, we’ll be celebrating at Fort William Historical Park (Amphitheatre) in Thunder Bay, ON.

Canadians from all walks of life are invited to celebrate the rich contributions that Aboriginal peoples (First Nation, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit) have made to Canada. June 21st was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because it is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For generations, Aboriginal people have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day. Aboriginal people will gather to celebrate and share with spectacular dance, song and theatrical performances both contemporary and traditional and feast together as a community.

National Aboriginal Day is a fun-filled day for the whole family to enjoy and bring together our city, our region and our territory. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal people and their contributions to Canada.

Elder: Sam Achneepineskum (to do opening prayer, feast prayer, sun rise ceremony)
MC: Jim Misquart
Arena Director: Frank Bear
Host Drum: Thunder Spirit
Co-Host Drum: Thunder Boy
First Dance: Aaron Theriault

Schedule of Events * Fort William Historical Park

Friday, June 20th (Day One)

Education Day

10am – 2pm
Activity Stations
Arts, Crafts, Storytelling, Games, Teachings in the Fort


12pm – 10pm
Open Air Concert featuring Live, Local Entertainment in the Amphitheatre

Gravel Road
JC Wilkinson Band
Morning Light
Boys on the Bay
Nick Sherman Band
Ira Johnson Band
Anishnawbe 4

Single Acts
Jamie Labrador
Cassidy Houston
Natasha Fisher
Jory Zechner
Sara Kanutski
Chris Tallari
Courtney Jourdain

June 21st (Day Two)

Sunrise Ceremony

Light Breakfast for Sunrise Ceremony Attendees

Grand Opening with Special Ceremony Honouring Youth, Youth Leaders (Main Stage)

Powwow/Grand Entry
Master of Ceremonies: TBD
Arena Director: TBD
Host Drum: TBD


Give Aways and Closing Ceremony

Bus Service

Thunder Bay Transit service will be approximately every two hours.
Click here for: Thunder Bay Transit NAD Bus Schedule

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

City of Thunder Bay
Union Gas
Métis Nation of Ontario
Government of Canada
Fort William First Nation
Dougall Media
Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre

Gold Sponsors

St. Joseph’s Care Group
Lakehead University
Confederation College

Silver Sponsors

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
Victoria Inn

Bronze Sponsors

BMO Bank of Montreal


Lakehead Public Schools
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)