The Indigenous Life Festival at Blue Mountain Village- Miino Bmaadzwin Aug 18 - 20

Starts tonight!! From August 18th to 20th, enjoy 3 days of free events, entertainment and activities celebrating the history, science and culture of First Peoples of Canada.

The Canadian “summer of celebration” continues with the free Indigenous Life Festival at Blue Mountain Village or Miino Bmaadzwin meaning ‘the good life’ in Ojibway. It’s going to be extraordinary. From live music and comedy, to Native films and traditional games and ceremonies, there’s a lot to see, a lot to do, and a lot to learn at this one-of-a-kind event. It’s a celebration of our differences as well as our commonalities. A chance to look back on history with an eye to the future. It’s engaging, interactive and, most of all, a whole lot of fun for the whole family.

It starts Friday night with a panel discussion on Indigenous Awareness hosted by renowned Cree comedian Don Burnstick and guest panelists Delilah Saunders, Michael McLuhan and Branden Emmerson. Sure to be insightful and entertaining.

Then things start to heat up as Six Nations artist Logan Staats brings his passionate and bluesy sound to the Coca Cola Village stage.

Saturday is packed full of events including traditional drumming, storytelling and cooking, plus the Indigenous 150+ Film Festival. Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series dedicated to honouring First Nations, Inuit and Metis culture, and putting Indigenous voices centre stage. Festival organizer, Lisa Farano, who is collaborating with Glenn Trivett, Cultural Coordinator from M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Center in Owen Sound, says information is a big part of the festival. “There is a lot people can learn here about the real history of indigenous peoples”, says Farano, “but all of the information is presented in fun and entertaining ways.” And tasty ways too as Saturday also features renowned local chef Zach Keeshig.

Saturday night brings big laughs.

Saturday night at 8, “one of Canada’s best comedians of all time”, Don Burnstick takes the stage. Don is a Cree from the Alexander First Nation located outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Growing up on the reserve as the youngest of 15 children taught Don a variety of ways to defend himself, not the least of which became his use of humour, Don has had audiences across the country in stitches with his highly acclaimed comedy show, "You Might be a Redskin - Healing Through Native Humour".

Lots to do right through Sunday

Sunday begins at 11 am on the mountaintop with the unique and moving Kairos Blanket Exercise – an interactive, sometimes emotional, teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The day continues with a full program of exciting events and activities for all ages including Elephant Thoughts in the Events Plaza, the continuing Indigenous 150+ film festival, and lots more traditional crafts, shelters, and games. All part of the story of the First Peoples of Canada. A story that organizers want visitors to take home with them.

“My hope,” says organizer Lisa Farano, “is that guests will gain a better understanding of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the relationship between natives and non-natives. If people can leave knowing a little bit more than when they showed up, the festival will be a success because when we know more we do more. And we all benefit when we do more.” An excellent sentiment for what is sure to be a fun, exciting and unique festival.

Schedule of Activities:

Friday August 18:

  • 6:30 pm – Opening Prayer and Smudge Ceremony
  • 6:45 pm - Panel Discussion on Indigenous Awareness. Hosted by Don Burnstick, Petun Room at the Village Conference Centre
  • 8 pm Coca Cola Village Stage – Live music with Logan Staats

Saturday August 19:

  • 9:00 am – 7:00 pm – Indigenous 150+ Film Series
  • 11:00 am – Interactive drumming and dance
  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm - Elephant Thoughts interactive activities
  • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Seven Grandfather Teachings at the tipi
  • 9:00 am – 7:00 pm – Indigenous 150+ Film Series
  • 1:00 pm – Cooking demonstration with Chef Zach Keeshig
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Make your own medicine pouch (by donation)
  • 4:00 pm – Ojibway Interactive Dance
  • 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm – Interactive youth drumming
  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm -  Indigenous 101
  • 7:30 pm – Live music with Logan Staats
  • 8 pm – The Comedy of Don Burnstick

Sunday August 20:

  • 9:00 am – 7:00 pm – Indigenous 150+ Film Series
  • 10:00 am – Kairos Blanket Exercise
  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm - Elephant Thoughts interactive activities
  • 12:00 pm – Interactive youth drumming
  • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Seven Grandfather Teachings at the tipi
  • 2:00 pm – Interactive youth drumming
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm -  Indigenous 101


For more information about the Indigenous Life Festival please visit







About the Village:

Between the foot of the Niagara Escarpment’s scenic Blue Mountains and the rugged shores and crystal-clear waters of Georgian Bay, the picturesque Blue Mountain Village is Southern Ontario’s premiere four-season destination.  A cobblestoned pedestrian village framed by turn-of-the-century Ontario architecture, the Village offers a wide variety of family accommodations, activities and attractions including over 40 unique shops and restaurants, zip lines, ropes courses, hiking, biking, Segue tours and much more. An incredible natural retreat, the Village offers as much – or as little – as you’d like to do. For a complete listing of Village events, please visit
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