The New Credit Cultural Committee organized the 30th annual Three Fires Homecoming Powwow and Traditional Gathering on August 27th and 28th, 2016. The theme of the powwow was “Showcasing the Mississaugas – Our Talent, Our Heritage, Our Land.”
The powwow started on Friday with a concert featuring five New Credit musicians. Saturday started with the Traditional Sunrise Ceremony, with Grand Entry taking place at 1 p.m., followed by a Traditional Feast at 5 p.m.
The powwow is a way for First Nations people to share their unique customs and cultural identity through the heartbeat of the drum, song and way of life.
The Traditional powwow was (and still is) a way of life for many Mississauga people. The three fires symbolize the Mississauga people’s traditional and political alliance between the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations.
About 2,000 paid visitors and many children attended, with an additional 1,500 visitors attending throughout the weekend, including Friday.
There were 160 dancers, six drum groups and about 100 volunteers who made this powwow a great success.
Fifty First Nations food and craft vendors offered their products for sale and dancers got to shine under the new arbor that was created this year due to safety issues.
Throughout the powwow, environmentally-friendly alternatives were offered.
The powwow was financed by the Mississaugas of the New Credit and by donations from local businesses. The Friday evening concert raised food donations and over $300 for the local food bank.