It is important to reflect and understand that Canada Day means something different to everybody.  For many Indigenous Peoples, Canada Day is not a time of celebration, but a reminder of our country's colonial past and ongoing challenges. The effects of the loss of traditional lands and of over a century of systemic racism and mistreatment are still prevalent and felt by Indigenous Peoples today. 

The City of Thunder Bay has been built on the traditional lands of the Ojibwa peoples of Fort William First Nation, original signatories to the Robinson Superior Treaty signed in 1850, and we recognize the significant contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples to our heritage, social, cultural, spiritual and economic wealth.

All Canadians are encouraged to take time to educate themselves, listen to truth, and reflect on how they can contribute to reconciliation, strengthen relations and make our country a more inclusive, safe, and welcoming space for everyone.

Please visit our Indigenous Relations page to learn more about the City of Thunder Bay's Anishinaabe Elders Advisory Council, our Indigenous Relations and Inclusion Strategyrelationship agreements between the City and partners, and response to the Seven Youth Inquest. Explore supports and services for Indigenous residents, local cultural events and recognition programsIndigenous spaces found within the City, cultural education and inclusion opportunities, and additional Indigenous resources

Canada Day 2022 - Walk together. Learn together. Grow together. 

Since early 2021, there has been an ongoing re-envisioning of Canada Day on the Waterfront to reflect and recognize that Canada Day means something different to everyone, and to move forward in an inclusive, thoughtful, and meaningful way towards Reconciliation.

Event planning discussions have taken place with the City’s Indigenous Relations Office, with input from the Anishinaabe Elders Council, Community Partners, other municipalities and cultural organizations.

As a result of this, a number of annual city events are being modified in 2022 to continue along the road to reconciliation. Many of the previous Canada Day activities will still happen along with several opportunities to get more familiar with the many different cultures of our community. There will be information booths, demonstrations, and entertainment from multicultural artists on the main stage, all to help us learn more about each other as we work on coming together as a community.

Canada Day Schedule - Prince Arthur's Landing, Marina Park

  • 1:30 pm World Cultural Dance
  • 2:00 pm Welcome -MC
  • 2:05 pm Dr. Buck and Blues bangers 45 min performance
  • 3:00 pm Shy-Anne Hovorka 55 min performance
  • 4 to 5 pm break
  • 5 pm Opening Ceremony
  • 6:00 pm -6:15 pm Katherine Nemec
  • 6:30 pm Fort William Rotary House Raffle
  • 6:45 pm Martin Blanchet Jazz Quintet- Cafe Paris
  • 7:45 pm Arden Bruyere
  • 8:45 pm closing remarks MC

Community Groups 12-5 pm in the Camelot Parking Lot

  • Willow Springs
  • Fabs Space
  • Thunder Bay Museum
  • HMCS Griffon

Arabella Dance 7-7:45 pm at the Waterfront Plaza

  • Vendors & Artisans 12-9pm Camelot Parking Lot
  • Persian’s in Pastels
  • The Bear Stick
  • Shelly DuSoleil from Ruby Moon Mehndi, Henna, Jagua, Body paint, Cosmetic grade glitter, wax, metal, stone
  • Shop Local Tbay

There will also be FREE parking available at the Court Street Parkade from 10 am to 12 am. There is no general public parking in Marina Park on July 1, and no personal fireworks, alcohol, smoking or vaping are permitted at the event.


Volunteer Opportunities

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Presenting Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation

Volunteer Program Sponsor: Giant Tiger

Signature Sponsors:99.9 The BayCountry 105ROCK 9491.5 CKPRCFNO

Patron Sponsors: Impala CanadaDelta HotelBirch Point Dental 

Contributing Sponsors:  Club culturel francophone de Thunder BayBreakwater Events,  The Waterfront District BIA

Funded by the Government of Canada

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