An Emic & Etic Cultural Experience through Dancing & Storytelling

With various cultural festivals happening around the City of Toronto this summer, which are each focused on specific cultural niches, it can be hard to choose one which is representative of Canadian culture. As a nation which celebrates multiculturalism, it is often difficult to articulate what comprises Canadian culture. There is a general understanding that Canadian culture has its roots in French and British cultures due to the enduring legacy of these cultures in law, language and customs, however the place of Indigenous culture in broader Canadian culture may be unclear due to past efforts to suppress First Nations’ cultures. The Indigenous Arts Festival was the ideal event to make clear, the significant place of Indigenous culture in Canadian culture, as it educated Canadians about Aboriginal teachings and traditions, and brought together Canada’s diverse communities in an intercultural celebration.

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