In Saskatoon’s fantastic Wanuskewin Heritage Park, we discovered that Canada’s First Nations are vibrant, passionate, and eager to be engaged. Named after a sacred site where ancient petroforms illustrate the teachings of elders, around 25,000 people attend the annual Manito Ahbee Festival, celebrating music, dance, food, crafts and other aspects of First Nation culture. Drummers, dancers and singers compete for six-figure prize money in the one of the continent’s largest competitive pow-wows – a spectacle along with other events that all Canadians can, and should, appreciate. Truly, bringing people together.
Length of Trip : The festival takes place over 5 days.
Cost : Pow Wow admission of $16/day (taxes included). *Children 5 and under are free. Early Bird rate of $13/day available on line. Tickets are sold through Ticketmaster.
Best time to go : The event takes place each August
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : Try a bison burger or traditional stew at one of the food vendors at the Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, which takes place at the MTS Centre during the festival.
Official Site : Manito Ahbee Official Website
Where to Stay : The Fairmont Winnipeg
Getting There : Events take place in various locations around Winnipeg. The MTS Centre on Portage Avenue hosts the Indigenous Market and Trade Show, and the International Pow Wow Competition. The World’s Largest Friendship Dance takes place on Edmonton Street. Check the event listings for more details.