Elders and Traditional Gathering
Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering
The Elders & Traditional Peoples Gathering is an important annual event that connects students, community members and Elders, and is hosted by the First Peoples House of Learning and the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University. First held at Trent in the 1970's, it was the biggest event of its kind. Centered around a yearly theme, 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.
In collaboration with the Trent Centre for Aging & Society this year’s pre-conference event, “Aging with Grace”, is sponsored by the Provost’s Lecture Series for Reconciliation, and features keynote speaker Cliff Whetung from Curve Lake First Nation, followed by panelists, Professor Emeritus Shirley Williams, Dan Longboat, and Janette Corston to discuss their experiences combined with Cliff’s research. See Indigenous Insight schedule.
The Elders Gathering is also pleased to present a Youth Panel featuring Shina Novalinga, Notorious Cree, Kendra Jessie, Zhaawnong Webb and Autumn Cooper. This year’s panel will discuss how Reconciliation through Restor(y)ing Our Truth and social change are possible through education, via digital and social media content creation.
The 46th Annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering takes place on February 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2022, this year's theme is Reconciliation Through Restor(y)ing Our Truth. Registration is now open for all three days, admission is free:
To support Indigenous initiatives such as the Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering at Trent University, please consider donating via the following link:
Details of the Elders Gathering can be found on the FPHL website.