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THREE FIRES CEREMONY HOSTED JULY 10TH TO COMMEMORATE THE BEGINNING OF TORONTO 2015

To coincide with the beginning of the Pan Am Games, the Mississaugas of the New Credit hosted a Three Fires Ceremony to commemorate the games that will take place over the next two and a half weeks. Three separate fires were lit in three locations to honour the traditional territory and the current home of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. The three fires were lit in the locations of Olympic Park Island in Toronto, Fort York National Historical Site in Toronto, and on the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, located near Hagersville, ON. Elder Garry Sault performed the traditional ceremonies for the sacred fire ceremonies located within Toronto. Elder James Shawana performed the ceremony for the sacred fire located on the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation while attendees of the Toronto locations were able to view the lighting via video feed.

Following the lighting of the first fire on Olympic park Island, a formal canoe procession had taken place and was hosted by lead transportation partner of the Pan Am Games Secretariat, CN. Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Chief _DSC9504and Council were joined in the canoe procession by Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, David Zimmer; Ontario Regional Chief, Isadore Day; National Chief, Perry Bellegarde; The Frontrunners; Mississauga Nations Chiefs and Councillors; Bruce Power, CN and Enbridge representatives.

 

The second and third fire lighting ceremonies were observed at Fort York National Historical Site. To conclude the event formal addresses were made by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Chief Bryan LaForme and Councillor Stacey LaForme. Regional Chief Isadore Day, National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Willie Littlechild and representatives from Pan Am Games Secretariat partners, also addressed the event to commemorate the beginning of the Toronto 2015 games. Many congratulatory messages were spoken and the excitement of the Mississaugas of the New Credit being the first ever Host First Nation to the Pan Am Games was a common theme throughout the addresses made. Breakfast and refreshments for guests of the event were graciously provided by Enbridge, and were a great conclusion to a beautiful morning.