Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Powwow Information

A Powwow is an Indigenous social celebration where community members can gather and enjoy traditional singing and dancing.

All community members, including non-Indigenous, are welcome and are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in what a Powwow has to offer.

Experiencing a Powwow emphasizes the importance of relationship-building with everyone while providing opportunities to learn more about Indigenous culture and knowledge. The U of T Mississauga Indigenous Centre and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation welcome you to their inaugural All-Nations Powwow on March 25, 2023.

If you are a first-time Powwow visitor, we recommend watching the recording of the Powwow Protocols and Etiquette Webinar that was held on February 15th. 

While attending a Powwow, there are some rules that guests must follow, such as:

  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to ask permission from Dancers before taking photos.
  • Do not touch the Dancers' regalia (clothing) without asking permission first.
  • Wait for the Master of Ceremonies' instructions before taking pictures or videos. Some parts of the event are sacred and prohibit any photography or videography.

Powwow Guidelines

  • Invited Drums Only
  • Dancers must be in full regalia for end-of-day honoraria payout
  • Vendors are invite-only due to limited capacity.


Expect a full day of traditional ceremonies, singing, and dancing. The All-Nations Powwow will also have a Jingle Dress competition called a special. View the Powwow program and specials » 

There will also be a range of tables featuring Indigenous-owned businesses. View vendors » 

Guests may stop by anytime to watch the events and shop. 

For dancers and members of the Indigenous community, registration is not required.

For non-Indigenous community members, pre-registering is highly encouraged even if you plan to stop by for a short time. Register now » 

Seating is first-come, first served until the main gym is at full capacity. Once full capacity is reached in the main gym, there will be live streams of the event to watch on campus in various locations or from home. Register to receive the live stream link » 

Guests may stop by anytime to watch the events and shop. 

The event will be held both in-person and online. However, in-person capacity is limited, and seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis. If we reach in-person capacity, we will be able to direct you to an alternative venue on campus to watch the live stream with other guests. 

Yes, this event is open to the public. 

We highly encourage everyone to pre-register, even if you will stop by for a short amount of time. Register now >>

Indoors or Outdoors

The Powwow events and most food options will be indoors with the exception of the outdoor food trucks.

Food and Beverage

Food will be available for purchase on campus between 11 AM and 5 PM. You may also bring your own food and use the microwaves located in the Food Court.

Food Court: Tim Hortons, Harvey's, Thai Express, Pizza Pizza, Mongolian Grill, FUSION8 (gluten-free station), Chop n'Top, The Market Coffee & Pastries, Grab n' Go, Bento, Juiced'Up.

Food Trucks: Gourmet Guyz, Northcorner. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Beavertails food truck will no longer be available at the event.

UTM no longer sells disposable water bottles on campus. We encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to refill at the water stations around campus.

Yes, all food services will accept credit or debit.

Guests can eat their food anywhere, except at the viewing track.


Most vendors at the Powwow will only accept cash.

Yes, an ATM is located near the Food Court inside the William G. Davis Building.

Prohibited Items

The All-Nations Powwow is a drug and alcohol-free event.

Smoking is only allowed in designated areas on the UTM campus. Learn more about U of T's Smoke-Free Policy » 


Strictly no pets allowed.


Please contact Ben Jones, Event Coordinator, if you require information in an alternate format or if any other arrangements can make this event accessible.

Yes, this event offers ASL interpretation.


The Powwow will be held indoors at:

University of Toronto Mississauga
Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre

3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

View directions on Google Maps »

For transit routes and driving directions, visit the UTM Maps and Directions page.


Yes, parking will be free all-day at parking lots P4, P8, and P11. View Parking Map »

For more information about Pay & Display parking elsewhere on campus, check out the Campus Parking page.

Yes, UTM has 6 designated EV charging stations available on the lower level of parking deck P8.

Vehicles may only park in the EV charging station spaces while actively charging. Drivers may charge for a maximum of 4 hours for free and are then required to move their vehicle to another space. A fee of $5 per hour applies to any vehicle left charging beyond the 4-hour time limit. For more details, refer to the EV Stations page.

Photography and Videography

Parts of the Powwow are sacred and should not be photographed or videographed. The Master of Ceremonies will announce when pictures and videos are appropriate. Visitors are strongly encouraged to ask permission from Dancers and vendors before taking photos.

If you are a first-time Powwow visitor, we recommend watching the Powwow Protocols and Etiquette Workshop.

Media Relations

For all media inquiries, please get in touch with Jennifer Hartman, UTM Office of Communications, at

COVID-19 Safety

The university's mask requirements have been lifted as of July 1, 2022. Some members of our community may choose to continue to wear a mask. We ask everyone to respect each other's decisions, comfort levels, and health needs.