Manito Ahbee Festival begins in Winnipeg with lighting of sacred fire
Festival includes music, art and the largest powwow in Canada
The 2016 Manito Ahbee Festival kicked off in Winnipeg on Wednesday with the lighting of a scared fire.
People gathered to watch the ceremony at the Oodena Circle at The Forks, where tobacco was offered to the flames.
The Indigenous festival runs until Sunday night and includes a music conference, youth education day and art expo.
On Friday there will also be a concert featuring performances by Western Canadian Music Awards nominee William Prince, Stoney Park Drum Group, Dee Erin Band and Juno Award winner Susan Aglukark.
The name Manito Ahbee was given to the festival through a ceremony to recognize one of the most important traditional Indigenous gathering sites in North America, the festival's website says.