The Cultural Village will be “home base” for the games. Constructed at Fort York, the village will have the feel, sights and sounds of a traditional Mississauga nation village. Visitors will journey back through time to experience a working round house. Dressed in traditional clothing, workers will show how life was lived with authentic artifacts. Artisans will teach basket weaving, braiding and other crafts. It will be a highlight of everyone’s visit to the Pan Am and Parapan American Games.
Don’t miss the Three Sacred Fires Ceremony July 10. The Three Sacred Fires are symbolic of the Mississaugas’ traditions and political alliances we have with the Ojibwa, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations. The Three Fires ceremony will symbolize the renewal of this historic alliance. The first fire will be lit on Toronto Island. Dignitaries will canoe to the mainland where two other fires will be lit, including one at Fort York. Fire Keepers will tend the fires 24/7 for the duration of the games.