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Anishinaabe Keeshigun

August 20th and 21st, 2022 • 10:00am-5:00pm, daily • FREE admission

Celebrate Anishinaabe Keeshigun at Fort William Historical Park! Join us for a FREE weekend event filled with entertainment, hands-on activities and demonstrations that highlight Anishinaabe culture, traditions, language, and technology.

Activities & Contests

  • Arrival of the Hunters – 12:45 p.m.
  • Pow Wow – 1 p.m. Grand Entry
  • Artisan demonstrations, including
    • Canoe building
    • Wood carving
    • Basket making
    • Moccasin making
    • Quill work
    • Flint knapping – 1-5 p.m.
  • Food samples, including:
    • Bakwezhigan (bannock)
    • Corn roast – 1:00pm until supplies last
    • Popped manoomin (wild rice)
    • Smoked Fish
    • Strawberry Drink
  • Crafts
  • Traditional sports
    • Atlatl (spear throwing), ages 8+
    • Baggataway (lacrosse)
    • Double ball
  • Contests
    • Baggataway accuracy – 11:30 a.m., youth & adult divisions
    • Bakwezhigan making – 3 p.m., limited to 4 teams, team registration opens at 2:45pm

Dancer & Drum Group Registration

Interested in dancing or drumming at Anishinaabe Keeshigun?

  • Registration will take place at the event
  • When arriving, please check-in at the Visitor Centre, where our staff will provide shuttle service to the site

We acknowledge that honorariums are traditionally provided at the end of the event. We respectfully ask Pow Wow participants for patience, as our system of providing honorariums has changed due to the nature of our organization within the Ontario Government. At this time, it will take several weeks for us to provide participants with an honorarium, which will be offered by cheque. We encourage community guidance and discussion as we work towards reconciliation and continue to build positive relationships in the years to come.

Community Groups & Craft Vendors

Interested in hosting a community booth or selling your crafts at Anishinaabe Keeshigun? Please complete the appropriate form below and send to the appropriate contact indicated in the form package by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022.

Food & Beverage

  • Lunch will be available for purchase in the Historic Site's Main Square. Food vendors include The Bannock Lady and the Victoria Inn.

Getting Here

  • Car – Fort William Historical Park is located at 1350 King Road, Thunder Bay. Parking is free. The new road via Broadway Avenue is open for use! The King Road entrance is now closed.
  • Bicycle – Cyclists are welcome. Bike racks are available to use free of charge.
  • Shuttle Service via Iron Range – August 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marina Park to Westfort Street Fair to Fort William Historical Park (continuous loop). August 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marina Park to Fort William Historical Park (continuous loop).
  • Thunder Bay Transit – Fort William Historical Park is part of the 4 Neebing bus route. Please visit the City of Thunder Bay Transit website for specific bus route information. Please note the Neebing route is not currently running on Sundays.
  • Boat & River Access – Boats cannot dock at events. There is no admissions entrance via the Kaministiquia River. 
  • RVs – RVs can park in the regular visitor lot for the day. RVs are not permitted in the parking lot for overnight stay. 

Camping

Consider staying overnight at our campground. We have serviced and non-serviced sites available, as well as RV rentals on-stie. For more information or to make reservations, call (807) 473-2344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.