Elders & Traditional Peoples Gathering
Returning to Ourselves: Reclaiming Indigenous Identities and Weaving New Connections
47th Annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering
March 10-12, 2023
Through keynote addresses, panel discussions, workshops, and ceremony, 2023 Elders & Traditional Peoples Gathering will focus on renewing connections to community, to culture and to traditions for all Indigenous Peoples on Turtle Island. All are welcome to join us in person or virtually. The Elders Gathering was first held at Trent in the 1970's and was the biggest event of its kind. The Gathering provides an opportunity to share Indigenous knowledge through a series of workshops, presentations and gatherings. It is a time for students and the community to come together to listen, learn, and engage with the stories and knowledge that Elders and Traditional People carry.
Purchase your ticket and join us in person for a weekend of workshops, hands-on learning, ceremony and learning. Trent student admission is free, thanks to the generous support of Trent's Colleges.
Get your ticket to the 47th Annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering
Schedule: Indigenous Insights - Friday, March 11
Schedule: Elders Gathering - Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 12
Keynote Speaker: Thosh Collins
Thosh Collins is On Akimel O’Odham, Osage, Sencea, and Cayuga and was born and raised in the Salt River Reservation in Arizona where he is now a family man, community organizer and an active participant in the community. He is a board member and senior trainer for the Native Wellness Institute and currently sits on the Land Management Board in Salt River. Thosh, along with his wife Chelsey Luger, co-founded WELL FOR CULTURE, an Indigenous wellness initiative which promotes whole life-ways through ancestral teachings to optimize contemporary Indigenous lifestyles. Thosh and Chelsey travel to indigenous communities all over the US and Canada to teach workshops about their indigenous wellness model the ‘7 Circles of Wellness’. They have presented at numerous national conferences focused on indigenous health. Thosh has dedicated his life to helping shift the collective consciousness of indigenous communities and people in regards to prioritizing whole health for the benefit of future generations.
On-site ticket sales
Entrance to the Elders Gathering can be purchased on arrival to Trent University. Tickets are $30, children under 12 and Trent University students are free. Please bring cash to purchase your ticket at the door. Note, on-campus foodservice locations do not accept cash.
Dining on Campus
Lunch on Saturday can be purchased from on-campus food service locations in Enwayaang/Gzowski College. Alternatively, Tim Horton's and Subway are located just south of campus on Water Street.
Trent University is a cash-free campus. Food purchases can be made with debit or credit card. Trent students and employees can use the Trent Cash on their Trent U card. Note, entrance fees must be paid in cash and some vendors may accept cash or card.
Parking on campus is first-come, first-served. Please respect bus loops, fire routes and accessibility while on campus.
See a map of Trent parking. Lots U and X are the closest to Enwayaang.
Please use 1 Gzowski Way, Peterborough, Ontario in your GPS device for directions to campus. When on campus, follow signs to Enwayaang/Gzowski College.
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