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The Montreal Pow Wow is a traditional (non-competitive) Pow Wow that takes place every spring in Montreal. Montreal, or Tio’tia:ke as it is known to the local Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) people, is now home to people from many Indigenous nations from across Turtle Island (North America). The Pow Wow aims to give the urban Indigenous population a place to gather and celebrate life right here in the city. Of course, non-Indigenous people are welcome to join in this celebration.
In 2014, Al Harrington of the Red Urban Project partnered up with members of the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal. It had been several years since there had been a weekend Pow Wow in the city. Other than the yearly one day Pow Wow hosted by the First Peoples’ House at McGill University every fall, there was no other Pow Wow in the city.
The Montreal spring Pow Wow has grown every year since it was held for one day at the Native Friendship Centre in 2014. In 2015, a one day Pow Wow took place at Beurling Academy in Verdun. In 2016, the Pow Wow committee collaborated with the Vanier Indigenous Circle to hold a full weekend Pow Wow at Vanier College. (See some local media coverage of the 2016 Pow Wow here!)
The Pow Wow continues to grow in its reach, with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous people coming from near and far! The entire committee looks forward to many more years of annual celebrations.