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Where It All Started

 

Celebration is much more than a place to host events. After working on many archaeological projects in southwestern Ontario, I realized something important. The artifacts that are my people’s heritage can be returned home to our territory to be shared publicly. We need to have the right facilities to safely house them, and this is where Celebration comes in.

 

Part of the space is a museum, which showcases Indigenous artifacts, discovered right here on the property, alongside exhibits from my other true passion: sports, especially hockey! My collection includes memorabilia from Indigenous and non-Indigenous athletes, as they illustrate how Canadians and First Nations Indigenous people connect through their love and passion for sports.

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“Out representing Chippewas of the Thames First Nation on an archaeological assessment"
 
Ross Park, London ON. - July 26, 2018
"Unearthing my first stone point" 
 
Ross Park, London ON. - July 26, 2018
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Healing Through Sports

“A campaign for the construction of our Museum”

Denied our language.

Denied our culture.

Respected for our abilities!

 

TOGETHER, WE RISE

Truth and reconciliation is established with the return of Turtle Islands’ Indigenous artifacts that are displayed or stored in a museum operated or owned by non-Indigenous individuals or entities.

 

Indigenous culture has been distorted and misrepresented in history long enough, it’s time we shared our stories the correct and proper way!

 

The Collection at Celebration showcases a variety of game-worn sports memorabilia to historic artifacts. This unique collection focuses on sports icons such as Sid Smith, Darren Zack, and Bo Horvat just to name a few. The Indigenous aspect comes from artifacts found on the property where Celebration is located. In conjunction with Dr. Linda Howie, we were able to discover and confirm artifacts that date back as far as 9,000 years BP (before present).

 

As an Indigenous entrepreneur, I hope to initiate a sequence of events across Turtle Island in which museum’s and safe places that are owned and operated by Indigenous people are open to share with our brothers and sisters.

 

If you wish to donate and help support make this vision of a museum a reality.

Check out Celebration’s GOFUND ME page.

 

“Chi miigwech” - many thanks.

 

“Baamapii minwaa” - til we meet again.

Indigenous Artifacts

Museum Exhibits: The Collection

 
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Warriors Battle Club
Archaic Points (Arrowheads)
9,000 BP
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Dr. Linda Howie has gracefully donated countless hours and resources to help develop an Indigenous lead museum project. Dr. Howie as introduced an all star line-up of personnel whom she has connected with over her years as a female Archaeologist. During non-teaching hours, Linda focuses her talents on carbon dating artifacts through her own personal business endeavour of “Material Legacy” which operates out of London, Ontario.

 

“For over 9,000 years, Celebration was a spot that attracted people from thousands of miles away to visit, to enjoy each others company, share teachings, or explain hunting tactics. Today, it’s an opportunity to regain Indigenous history through our archaeological knowledge and resources, our discovery of two early archaic points has only scratched the surface."

Dr. Linda Howie BA MA MSc PhD

Archaeologist | Faculty at Lawrence Kinlin School of Business | 

Original and Founding Board Member of Celebration | Curator of Artifacts

Sports Memorabilia

 
Bo Horvat Collection

Follow Bo’s career prospering from a local legend playing for the OHL’s powerhouse London Knights, to accepting the leadership role as the 14th Captain in Vancouver Canucks history. Proving a small town kid from Rodney, Ontario can achieve big city dreams.

Bo Horvat Jerseys
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Max Domi Collection

Journey along the career of a Type 1 Diabetic as Max becomes an NHL superstar, all while being an ambassador for Diabetes (JDRF) Research for a cure.

"First Nations people in Canada are twice as likely to have diabetes compared to the general population. Max is proof you can accomplish your dreams while living with diabetes."

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Indigenous Athletes

 
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Darren Zack

Donating his Oshweken Sr. Braves All Ontario Native Fastball Championship game-worn jersey to Celebration

Oneida, ON - August 25, 2019

Iroquois Lacrosse Collection

Sid Smith - Six Nations, Ontario
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1st Overall Selection 2009 NLL Draft

3 x NLL Champion (2012, 2013, 2014)

2 x Iroquois National Silver Medallist

Dean Hill - Six Nations, Ontario
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48th Overall Selection 2005 NLL Draft

2 x Iroquois National Silver Medallist