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For Immediate Release:
July 6, 2010

Maanjidowin 'The Gathering' - A Friendship that Transcends Time

BRAMPTON, ON. (July 6, 2010) – The Peel Aboriginal Steering Committee is pleased to partner with Heritage Mississauga for its upcoming Aboriginal festival, MaanjidowinThe Gathering.” This free, family-friendly event takes place Saturday, July 17 from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This year’s Maanjidowin is being held at J.C. Saddington Park, 53 Lake St., Mississauga. The two-day celebration includes a variety of family activities and entertainment: a sunrise ceremony, a traditional Pow wow, Métis fiddlers and jiggers, Inuit throat singers, a marketplace, teaching circles, demonstrations, artists and a children’s circle. Aboriginal foods such as venison sausage, bison burgers and strawberries will be served to reflect traditional cuisine.

The theme of this year’s event is “Friendships that Transcend Time.” The event will bridge the past with the present and link “what was” with “what is.”

The festival will welcome many special guests including Chief Bryan LaForme, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, officials from the Métis Nation of Ontario and local political leaders.

Maanjidowin is organized by Heritage Mississauga, in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Credit River Métis Council, the City of Mississauga, the Peel Aboriginal Steering Committee (PASC) through the Region of Peel and other community partners. The Region of Peel and its partners are proud to host this event and encourage all members of the community to attend.

For more information about Maanjidowin and the schedule of events, please contact Heritage Mississauga at 905-828-8411 or visit www.heritagemississauga.com.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.



Lisa DiMenna
Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4519

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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