Although tire marks can still be seen, the major repairs to the grounds have been completed.

Desecrated Pow Wow Grounds Healing

June 02, 2013

The sacred Mount McKay Pow Wow Grounds on Fort William First Nation land in Ontario are healing after being desecrated last month.

As first reported by, "A few weeks ago, a group of youths in their four wheel drive vehicles were out on the First Nation mud-bogging on the sacred grounds. The damage done resulted in a banning of off roaders from the First Nation." Today, the grounds are healing and will be ready for the First Nation's annual pow wow later this month.

The First Nation has been busy preparing for the Pow Wow, having the grounds damaged for the second time in as many years has created concerns over how people respect the culture and property on the First Nation, reports

But the pow wow will go on. Here are the details.

Fort William First Nation Annual Pow Wow, June 28-30, hosted by Thunder Mountain Pow-wow Committee–Fort William First Nation Youth Council

Host Drum: Two Feathers, Sandy Bay, Manitoba

MC: Clarence White

Arena Director: Tommy White

Spiritual Advisor: Louis Councillor, Northwest Bay

Friday: Warm-ups 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (All Drums are encouraged to participate in the warm-ups on Friday; Dancers can also come out and shake their feathers)

Drum registration will be open on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: Grand Entry 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Dancer registration will be open 12:00 p.m. on both days)

Sunday: Grand Entry 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday camping spaces will be monitored/Security will be provided

Absolutely no Drugs and Alcohol use will be tolerated

Food/Craft Booths; All Dancers, Drums and people wanting to experience the pow wow are invited.

For more information, call John Charlie at 807-622-1245 or 807-622-9726.