Past Events

Below are some of the past events hosted by the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle. Other past events may be seen or shown on the Events, Home or News pages.

 Indigenous Day of Action

October 8th @ 2:00pm. Meet at the back entrance of the County of Dufferin Court House on Elizabeth St. between Louisa St. and Clara St. for the walk to Orangeville’s Town Hall.

Across Canada, the day is marked by ceremonies and celebrations that highlight cultural performances and activities, displays of arts and crafts, and events that recognize the contributions by Indigenous people.

Memorial Walk for Residential Schools

October 1st, 2022 at 1:00 pm. Meet at the main door of the Alder Street Recreation Centre.

We are inviting everyone to join us to honour and remember the children of residential schools, the survivors and those who did not make it home. We will be gathering on Saturday, October 1st in front of the Alder Street Recreation Centre. We will walk to the Medicine Wheel Garden where we will reflect and send prayers silently. There will be a smudge available for anyone who wants to participate.

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

June 25th @ 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Alder Soccer fields behind the Alder Street Recreation Centre.

We commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

There is more information in the posters below. Click or tap on either one to see a larger version in English or French.


Below are some pictures from the event. The first two are of a pony called New Legend. He’s the mascot of the DCCRC. He attends all DCCRC events representing a breed of horse called the Ojibway Pony. There are believed to be only about 150 to 200 of this breed in the world. There are also several pictures of indigenous-themed books provided by the Orangeville Public Library, who also sponsored the making of Talking Sticks.

The Talking Stick, originally referred to as a speaker’s staff, is a tool of indigenous democracy used by many tribes, especially the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast in North America. The talking stick is passed around the group and allows for multiple people to speak in turn. Only the person holding the Talking Stick is allowed to speak.

There is an excellent description of the day and more pictures in this Toronto Star article.

Three Sisters Garden Planting

Saturday May 28th, 2022 @ 2:00 pm at the Shelburne Community Garden, weather permitting.

Did you know that corn, beans, and squash are called the “Three Sisters”? A number of Native American tribes interplanted this trio because they thrive together, much like three inseparable sisters.
The teaching will be provided by Elders of the Seneca Nation of Six Nations. We will be gathering at the north end of Fiddle Park in the Shelburne Community Garden, the teaching will begin at 2 pm. We hope to see you there!

You can learn more about the Legend of the Three Sisters here.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Ceremony, 2022

May 5 @ 10:00 am at the Alder Street Recreation Centre. We’ll walk from there to the Medicine Wheel Garden.

On this day, we honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people by creating change and committing to ending the violence that disproportionately impacts their communities.


‘We have the right to feel safe in our communities’: National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S held at Orangeville Medicine Wheel Garden.
The day is also known as Red Dress Day.

Credit: Tabitha Wells/Metroland. Click or tap on the picture to see a larger version.

It was a sombre occasion, drawing out local dignitaries, community members, and representatives of the area’s Indigenous community at the ceremony for missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, two-spirit and non-binary peoples.

The day, which is marked nationally, is also known as Red Dress Day and aims to bring awareness, understanding and healing around the high number of individuals still being harmed and missing today.

This update was originally posted in the Orangeville Banner on May 5, 2022 and is used with permission.

October 4, 2021: Annual Walk for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

On Monday, October 4, members of the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle (DCCRC), community leaders, and others from the community gathered together to recognize the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

These events, which are held across the country, aim to draw attention to the crisis, demanding action from all levels of government to stop the violence.

In a 2015 report from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) it was noted that between 2000 to 2008, Aboriginal women and girls represented approximately 10 per cent of all female homicides in Canada, despite making up only three per cent of the country’s population.

The walk began at 12:00 pm at the Dufferin County Court House parking lot. This parking lot is at the back of the court house near the intersection of Elizabeth and Louisa Streets in Orangeville.

The Orangeville Banner wrote an excellent article about this activity. You can read it here. Also, our thanks to the Banner for permission to use the pictures from their article in the photo gallery below.

September 30, 2021: Candle Vigil Walk to the Medicine Wheel Garden

On September 30 at the Alder Street Recreation Centre we will be meeting between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm to do a candle vigil walk to the Medicine Wheel Garden. Once there we will have a 5 minute talk followed by 2 minutes of silence for the children recovered and yet to be recovered.

The Orangeville Banner wrote an excellent article on the event. You can read it here. Also, our thanks to the Banner for permission to use the pictures from their article in the photo gallery below.

The Eagleheart Drummers

On the evening of June 30, 2021 the Eagleheart Drummers joined us in Orangeville for an Evening of Remembrance in honour of the many souls lost to the Indian Residential School System. You can watch the Facebook video here.

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021

Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle recognized this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day with a virtual education celebration filmed at the Mino Kamik Medicine Wheel Garden on Saturday, June 19, 2021. This virtual celebration was featured on Facebook Live.

The intent of the virtual education celebration was to provide an understanding of local and regional Indigenous ancestries through the history of the Land Acknowledgement as well as a tour of the Healing Garden located at the Alder Recreation Complex in Orangeville.

Led by Elder Karen Vandenberg, viewers of this event learned the importance of the Mino Kamik Medicine Wheel Garden and how best to support and nurture its long-term viability and presence in the Orangeville Community.

David Nairn, Artistic Director of Theatre Orangeville, presented The Creation Story. Town of Orangeville Counsellor Joe Andrews opened the ceremony and acted as Master of Ceremonies.

To view the Facebook event click here.

Social Gathering 2020

DCCRC is pleased to announce its first 2020 Social Gathering to be held on Saturday, March 14 – 1 – 4 pm. Please come and join us in Room 215, Alder Street Recreation Centre, Orangeville. Share this moment with us. Bring your own project if you’d like. We ask that you bring your own beverage and snack. There will also be door prizes and announcements. All are welcome. Cancelled due to COVID-19

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is September 30 – Its purpose is to help create awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools.  During September, 2019,  DCCRC sold orange t-shirts which we had created.  Wording on the shirts included “EVERY CHILD MATTERS.  Honouring the children who survived the Indian Residential  Schools and remembering those who didn’t”.  This was our way of taking the message out to our own community and encouraging discussion as well. Other local OSD fundraising for DCCRC occurred during September.  In addition, our Community Elder spoke at the Orangeville Public Library’s Storyteller Hour on the actual day, September 30, 2019.

Starting in 2021 September 30th is also Truth and Reconciliation Day. This solemn day has been established to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, and to ensure public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools as a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Community Gathering Potluck Lunch 2019

On December 7, 2019, the Community Gathering Potluck Lunch was held at the T-D Room at Alder Street Recreation Centre. A great gathering of friends and sharing of each person’s food offering. The Young Creek Drum Group came all the way from Sault Ste Marie to bring the Young Creek Drum to our event. A great honour for all of us.

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

June 20-21, 2019, DCCRC hosted our fifth annual National Indigenous Peoples Day.  The Proclamation for recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day was presented to the Chief of Nawash.

This free, family-friendly event featured live music, Indigenous and local artisans and crafters, traditional drummers and dancers as well as traditional Indigenous foods.  It was held at Alexandra Park behind Orangeville Town Hall.