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Exhibits Opening and Opening Reception

13 Mar 2024
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Center
Meeting Room: Exhibit Halls DE
At 5:30 PM there will be a performance by the Ukwehuwe Connection on the 700 Level. The Ukwehuwe Connection is a traditional dance group that engages in both Longhouse an Pow Wow styles of song and dance.  Their dancers bring vibrant colours and excitement to their performances.  Hey have been dancing and singing since they could walk and talk.  The Ukwehuwe Connection has been a dance group since 2018.
Hoop Dancer in the Exhibit Hall
River Christie-white is a talented musician. He has also overcome many obstacles and barriers in his life, and has transformed from a non-verbal autistic student struggling within the educational system to an honors student at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson). In 2014 he founded Hoops for Hope, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of Indigenous people with disabilities and sheds light on issues of diversity and inclusion vs acceptance. River received the 2017 Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award for Youth/Young Adults from the City of London in recognition of his work. Today River uses his talents of music and the traditional art of Hoop Dancing to spread awareness about Autism and the lack of support for Indigenous children and families with special needs.