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6 things to Do During the Assembly of First Nations Fredericton

6 things to Do During the Assembly of First Nations Fredericton

Kulasihkulpon to traditional Wolastoqiyik territory! Whether you’re a delegate coming to the Assembly of First Nations, or just happen to be in town, welcome! The Assembly of First Nations welcomes chiefs from coast to coast for a week-long Annual General Assembly. There’s plenty to see and do while you’re here!

Here are just a few events and activities to fill your itinerary or travel journal!

1. Connect with nature on the Wolastoq / Saint John River

As Canada’s Riverfront Capital, connecting with nature within the downtown core is seamless! Whether it’s paddle boarding, taking a boat tour, kayaking, or just taking in a serene moment on a riverfront trail, there’s no shortage of ways to disconnect from your busy day! Here’s a list of water activities to soak up while you’re here!



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2. Peruse the markets

Fredericton loves markets and there are plenty of places to discover homegrown treasures!

The Wabanaki Cultural Village and Market brings together the traditions of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy people from July 20 to 25. There’s lots to see including demonstrations and art workshops, wigwams and live music!



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Other markets to check out are the Garrison Night Market on Thursday nights and the weekend markets including the Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market, the Northside Market and the Cultural Market. Get the full list of markets and hours here.



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3. Tune in to the live music

Specific to the Assembly of First Nations, is the One Drum, One Song GALA, a lobster feast along the banks of the river featuring live music by 2019 Juno Indigenous Album of the year winner, Jeremy Dutcher on July 24, get your tickets here!

The traditional Round Dance also takes place as part of AFN in Officers’ Square, and is free to attend on July 24 featuring the Muskrat Singers & Wabanaki Confederacy. More opportunity for free music arises in Officers’ Square Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings for our FREE concerts! Get the full list of FREE entertainment in the Historic Garrison District here.

4. Take a tour

With 115kms of trails to explore and a river right in our backyard, add to that a vibrant arts & culture scene and there’s plenty to learn and see in Fredericton!  Whether it’s our world-renowned gallery or getting a taste of our craft beer scene, there’s a variety of tours you don’t want to leave off your list!



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In addition to that, one of the newest local tour options, Wabanaki Tree Spirit Tours offer you a walk through Odell Park’s old growth forest through a different lens -- with Wabanaki Medicine Keepers! Join them for an educational walk to learn about the uses of plants for food, medicine and in ceremony July 24 at 11am or book for another time here!

5. Get a taste of Fredericton

Our vibrant culinary scene offers something for everyone! Don’t be afraid to join the locals at a café or outdoors on a busy patio and say cheers to lots of award-winning craft beer, you’re in the brewing capital of the East after all!



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Get a list of restaurants here to help you out!

6. Find some inspiration

Inspiration is around every corner in Fredericton! Tour the world-renowned Beaverbrook Art Gallery and see the Grandfather Akwiten, a birchbark canoe which is over 200 years old! Meet the Artists in Residence at the Fredericton Region MuseumCarol Harquail and Patrick Nelson and tour the Wabanaki Way exhibit curated by Ramona Nicholas, Elder in Residence at UNB. Visit the Indigenous Pop-Up Gallery at 593 King St. from July 20-25, or take part in a Assembly of First Nations workshop at the Fredericton Public Library, including storytelling, basket weaving & Eastern First Nations iconography (painting) for the whole family!



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Get a list of other family fun activities here!

The best part is, this is just the beginning! Check out what else is happening this month or visit our website for more ideas and let us know what you’re most excited to check out!

Use this handy map to help you get around to all the events!

PS: Don’t forget to stick around for the New Brunswick Highland Games Festival July 26-28!