Downtown Seen July 2016: Na-Me-Res Annual Pow Wow

Tyler J. Edwards –

On Saturday June 18th, the Na-Me-Res (Native Mens Residence) held their annual pow wow with participation from the First Nations community. The pow wow, deriving from the translation of “spiritual leader”, was both well received by the Fort York community and an exciting treat for those travelling from around the GTA.

Accompanied by native inspired foods, creative vendors, activities, and artists; the event clearly acted as a hub for the expressive nature of the aboriginal community. Just minutes away from the Gardiner Expressway, this event managed to engulf you into a world driven by joy, peace, and simplicity, despite the noise and congestion of the traffic surrounding the Fort York Historical Site.

Whether it was through the traditional song and dance or the community feast, the one thing that was present throughout everything in this years pow wow was the grounded togetherness our native community manages to maintain, which is something all Toronto residents should be proud of.

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