EMBRACE THE SPIRIT!
As the Host First Nation to the Pan Am and Parapan America Games, The Mississaugas of the New Credit have a special place of honour as the world gathers in the traditional homelands. An exciting opportunity to tell our story to people from 41 countries.
As our theme suggests, “Embracing the spirit”, will allow the world to not only enjoy the sporting events but also embrace the spirit – the rich history of the people on whose lands the games will be held. Adding flavour and texture to the games The Mississaugas of the New Credit are hosting several cultural events that may be of interest to you:
Torch Relay and Community Celebration: June 19, 2015 – 2pm-5pm
As the Torch Relay makes its way across the country, the Mississaugas of the New Credit community will be a featured stop. The celebration of the arrival of the torch includes dancers, drummers and music entertainment. And just announced, Ron McLean from Hockey Night in Canada and former Pan am Games gold medal winner Waneek Horn-Miller will MC the festivities.
Co-Host, Coach’s Corner and Host, Hometown Hockey
Speaker Ron MacLean is one of our country’s most beloved sportscasters. As the co-host of Coach’s Corner and host of new series Hometown Hockey, MacLean is arguably the game’s most eloquent ambassador—and a welcome guest in millions of Canadian homes every Saturday night during the hockey season. He also hosted the hit reality series Battle of the Blade
A Red Deer, Alberta native, MacLean is a multiple Gemini winner, and knows about more than just hockey (though he knows more about hockey than just about anyone else). MacLean has hosted CBC’s coverage of both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, and is the author of the #1 Canadian bestselling book, Cornered. He also hosted CBC’s hit series Battle of the Blades, alongside a roster of figure skaters, hockey players, and judges, including Kurt Browning and Jamie Sale.
On Hockey Night in Canada, MacLean co-hosts Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry, which is often the most-watched segment on Canadian television on any given week. He is the host of new series Hometown Hockey, which highlights a small town with hockey roots every Sunday night. MacLean is also a prominent supporter of minor league hockey, and is a former certified level five referee with Hockey Canada. He lives with his wife, Cari, in Oakville, Ontario
Waneek Horn Miller
Waneek works and travels extensively throughout the Aboriginal world. Through her work as a sports commentator for CBC and APTN, Waneek has become a community advocate for sport, fitness and wellness. She also has traveled extensively throughout North America as a motivational speaker. As one of Canada’s few Aboriginal Olympians, Waneek has used her passion and experiences in sport to influence Aboriginal and non-aboriginal leadership towards making Sport and Wellness a community building priority.
Waneek is currently on maternity leave from her position as coordinator of the First People House at McGill university and is currently working with the Assembly of FIrst Nations as their IndigenACTION Ambassador supporting their efforts to create a sport, fitness and wellness strategy.
Gala: Fort York – July 9, 2015 5pm-9pm
The night before the Games begin, the Mississaugas of the New Credit are hosting dignitaries of the 41 countries at a spectacular event to welcome them to the traditional homelands. It’s a chance for the leaders to mingle and fellowship before the sports take centre stage. First Nations culture and tradition will be on display and our world-class musical talent will take the stage to round out an exciting evening.
Three Fires: July 10, 2015 7am
The Three Sacred Fires are symbolic of the Mississaugas’ traditions and political alliances we have with the Ojibwa, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations. The Three Fires ceremony will symbolize the renewal of this historic alliance. The first fire will be lit on Toronto Island. Dignitaries will canoe to the mainland where two other fires will be lit, including one at Fort York. Fire Keepers will tend the fires 24/7 for the duration of the games.
Cultural Village: Fort York – July 10-26 and August 7-15, 2015
The Cultural Village will be “home base” for the games. Constructed at Fort York, the village will have the feel, sights and sounds of a traditional Mississauga nation village. Visitors will journey back through time to experience a working round house. Dressed in traditional clothing, workers will show how life was lived with authentic artifacts. Artisans will teach basket weaving, braiding and other crafts. It will be a highlight of everyone’s visit to the Pan Am and Parapan America Games.