Trent University to Host 2011 Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering


Indigenous communities across Canada to be represented

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, Peterborough

Traditional teachings, sunrise ceremonies and workshops will be open to the public, as the Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University presents the 34th annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering, from Friday, February 18 to Sunday, February 20 at the First Peoples House of Learning in Gzowski College.

The 2011 theme is “Telling Our Story: Family, Culture and Tradition” and Elders and Traditional Teachers will travel from across Canada to gather at Trent and share their wisdom and stories. Anishinabe, Haudenoshaunee, Plains Cree and Blackfoot speakers will include Jacqui Lavalley, Joseph Naytowhow, Merritt Taylor, Shirley Williams, Edna Manitowabi, Doug Williams, Sylvia Maracle, Mark Phillips, Jan Longboat, Beverley Hungry Wolf, Neal McLeod, Seth Leforte, Skahendowaneh Swamp and David Newhouse.

The opening ceremonies and workshops will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, February 18. A variety of gatherings, presentations and workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 19 and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 20. Sunrise Ceremonies will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings. For a full schedule please visit:

All are welcome to attend. Registration is at the door, and ticket prices are as follows:
Individual: $20/weekend; Family: $25/weekend; Vendors: $50/weekend; Trent students and children under 16: free.


For more information, please contact: Vern Douglas, cultural advisor, Indigenous Studies Department, 705-748-1011 ext 7072,