National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

June 21st, 2021

On Monday, June 21st, Jamii initiated a story-sharing circle in David Crombie Park, with the intent to acknowledge National Indigenous Day and honor the Indigenous peoples on whose land we currently reside.


Jim Adams, Jamii co-President and a member of the Tkaronto Indigenous arts community for many years, and the whole Jamii family, invited community members to listen and reflect as guest Indigenous artists share stories with us. 


Guest artists include Kim Wheatley, Sue Croweagle, Jennifer Alicia, Leonard Benoit, and Aria Evans. It was an honor for Jamii to welcome such respected guests in our community.


The event was supported by Canadian Heritage and  Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada.

Photos: Delphy Photography

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June 21st, 2020

On June 21st, it was our deepest honour to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in David Crombie Park.

We were blessed with drumming, singing and dancing by Blackfoot Standing, Michele Perpaul, Bri Briskool Marie, Nimkii Osawamick, Danny Mckenna, and Maria Bonaparte.

We are grateful for a beautiful audience to celebrate with us, and glad everyone kept their physical distances with one another.


The event was co-presented with Canadian Stage and supported by Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

Photos: Gillian Mapp

June 19th to 21st, 2019

In June 2019, with the support of Canadian Heritage, we invited one artist from each of the three Ontario communities Jamii is partnering with: Brian Outinen (Wawa/Michipicoten First Nation), Terri-Lynn Brennan (Wolfe Island) and Lucy Strang (Pikangikum First Nation). The artists spent a week on The Esplanade and directly engaged with 300 locals of all ages. 


We organized workshops in both Market Lane Public School and Downtown Alternative School; a talk at the St Lawrence Library moderated by Kim Wheatley, with performances by Mahlikah Awe:ri; two talks for seniors taking place in both Crombie park and the St Lawrence Community Recreation Centre in partnership with the SLNA;  a talk in the park with youth from the St Lawrence daycare; and one afternoon of celebration in partnership with Young People Theatre featuring IndigenizUS workshop by Lindy Kinoshameg,  hoop dance performance by Rhonda Doxtator and a spoken word workshop with Mahlikah Awe:ri.

photos: Isorine Marc & Gillian Mapp