Akweni Ki

The first annual Akweni Ki – Oneida Circle aboriginal event and traditional Pow-wow was held at the Brampton, Ontario, Fairgrounds on Saturday.

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Traditional dancing, singing and regalia combined for a colorful event in support of Jewel’s Cause, a Toronto-based program that helps spread awareness and prevention of suicide among youth created in the name of Jewel Monture, a 12-year-old of the Mohawk Turtle Clan, who killed herself in 2010.

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Among special guests like People’s Choice Award winner for Miss Universe Canada 2016 Melinda Henderson, and Juno award winner Crystal Shawanda, there was Duane Howard, below, a First Nations actor who is known for his role as the Arikara chief Elk Dog in the 2015 film The Revenant.
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