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30th Annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering to be Held at Trent University February 16-18


Weekend-Long Event Features Workshops, Aboriginal Crafts, Sunrise Ceremonies, and More!

Thursday, February 15, 2007 Peterborough

The Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University is pleased to announce that the 30th annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering will be taking place February 16, 17, and 18 in the First Peoples House of Learning at Gzowski College on the Symons campus.

This year’s gathering, entitled “Today and Tomorrow”, features traditional and contemporary teachings, workshops by Trent Aboriginal faculty, sunrise ceremonies, Aboriginal crafts for sale, and a special menu available all weekend in the cafeteria in the Robinson Dining Room.

Guest speakers include: Mike McDonald, Jacqui LaValley, Jan Longboat, Sylvia Maracle, Edna Manitowabi, Doug Williams, Merritt Taylor, Shirley Williams, Joseph Naytowhow, Maurice Switzer, and Mark Phillips.

Opening ceremonies and workshops will be held on Friday, February 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Additional workshops will take place on Saturday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with final workshops and closing ceremonies being held on Sunday, February 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Sunrise ceremonies will occur on Saturday and Sunday.

Organized each year by the department of Indigenous Studies, the annual gathering is a one-of-a-kind celebration in Canada, making traditional and cultural knowledge available in a university setting. Students from across Ontario and many people from the surrounding Aboriginal communities will be in attendance.

Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no charge for Trent students and children under the age of 16. For other individuals, a $20 participation fee will be charged for the entire weekend or a family pass is available for only $25. Tickets are available at the door.


Media are invited and encouraged to attend this event.

For more information, please contact:
Vern Douglas at 748.1011 x7072