Indigenous Month


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LEFT Clayton Samuel King, Black Fox (2018), 8"x10", ultraviolet luminescent acrylic paint on Stonehenge paper. © Artist

RIGHT: Anastasia Bubelich, Beaver Birth Totem (2019), 12.5"x8", Acrylic on wood. ©Sacred Heart Catholic High School



June 11 – 21, 2019 |  Art Exhibition | Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford St.)

June 13, 7-9 p.m. |  Film Screening & Panel Discussion |Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford St.)

June 21 & 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Indigenous Peoples Day | Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main St. S.)

Indigenous and First Nations culture can teach us how to walk in a way that leads to a good life, to live without conflict or contradiction, and in peace with each other and all beings on Mother Earth. 

The Town of Newmarket acknowledges that we are situated on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples, whose presence here continues to this day. We honour and acknowledge this land and its people. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action (numbers 62-63 ) speak to the significance of education as the key to reconciliation.

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Art Exhibit

A Way of Walking: The Seven Grandfather Teachings

Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)
June 11 to 22, 2019 | Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries
Free admission | Gallery hours

Clayton Samuel King (Waab-Shki-Makoons), a multimedia artist of Potawatomi descent, interprets The Seven Grandfathers Teaching through animal forms.  Influenced by the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporation and Woodland School of Artists, King combines contemporary and traditional styles into highly graphic and brightly coloured works. The exhibit also showcases painted canoe paddles and birth totem pieces by students from Sacred Heart Catholic High School, which illustrate their own understanding of Indigenous teachings.  Guided group tours of the exhibition is also available by appointment. To book, contact Logan Bales, or call 905-953-5313.

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Clayton Samuel King, Natural Light (2018), ultraviolet luminescent acrylic Paint on Stonehenge Paper, 8”x10”. ©Artist

About the Artist

Clayton Samuel King is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Barrie, Ontario. As a member of the Beausoleil First Nation, he uses a unique blend of contemporary and traditional styles to pay homage to his Potawatomi ancestry. 

Clayton Samuel King graduated in April of 2010 with a Fine Art Advanced Diploma from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. He paints predominantly with acrylics, but works with other mediums such as photography, sculpture, graphite and traditional First Nations' crafts. His use of Woodland Art Style motifs in the contemporary medium of acrylic paints, results in highly graphic, bright-coloured works that draw the viewer in. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions to date.

King contributes in the education sector by leading First Nations' painting and cultural interpretive workshops that help bridge an understanding of First Nations' art and history to native and non-native students alike. He also performs as a Northern Traditional Pow Wow Dancer.

Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Sacred Spirit of Water and Water Warriors

June 13, 2019 | 7 to 9 p.m. | Newmarket Old Town Hall, Snapd Auditorium (460 Botsford Street)
Free Admission | All welcome
Please call to register 905-953-5300 ext. 2844 or email

Told from the perspectives of First Nations people, Sacred Spirit of Water and Water Warriors are two documentaries that explore the issues around the rights, access and management of water. After the film screening, join us for a live conversation with our special panelists Morningstar Mercredi, Collette Eden and Nipawi Mahihkan Misit Kakinoosit.

7 p.m. Sacred Spirit of Water | USA/Canada | 2013 | 58 mins.

Directed by Morningstar Mercredi

Passed by the Canadian Parliament in December 2012, the omnibus Jobs and Growth Act (also known as Bill C-45) has amended a number of legislations with major implications to the environment and First Nations Treaty rights.  This film documents the connection various Albertan groups have with water and their reaction to Bill C-45.

8 p.m. Water Warriors | Canada | 2017 | 22 mins.

Directed by Michael Premo                                                                                                     

In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in rural New Brunswick to explore for natural gas. This is a story about the fight to protect the land and water, between the multicultural indigenous community and non-native locals against the energy company.



Collette Eden Youth representative from Nin Os Kom Tin, an Aboriginal community volunteer group local to Newmarket which aims to reconnect and rekindle relationships amongst Indigenous people living in York Region and with other cultural groups in our community.

Morningstar Mercredi (via Skype) Director of Sacred Spirit of Water, a storyteller, author, producer, actress, multi-media communicator and social activist on critical issues such as missing and murdered women and children, water and the environment. 

Nipawi Mahihkan Misit Kakinoosit (via Skype) A Nehiyaw Okicitaw Okimawsis (a Cree Warrior lieutenant) from the Sucker Creek Cree First Nation in Northern Alberta. Trained as a spokesperson for his people at a young age, he speaks extensively across Canada as an advocate for the Indigenous peoples, treaty rights, and the environment.  

Kim Wheatley s A speaker, singer, drummer and Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant who offers Traditional Teachings to Indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

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134 Main Street South

Friday, June 21, 2019 | 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. | Free admission | Suitable for all ages

  • Educational and fun crafts, stories, games and activities

  • Learn about our First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples

  • Sample traditional Indigenous drinks and food like cedar tea, maple syrup, strawberry drink and bannock.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. |$3/child | Suitable for Ages 4 to 10 with an adult

  • Special Nin Os Kom Tin Hand Drumming Presentation at 2 p.m.