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Trent University's Native Studies Department presents: 2005 Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering

"The Role of the Helper" takes place February 18 - 20

Trent University's Native Studies department presents the 2005 Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering on February 18, 19 and 20 at Peter Gzowski College and the First Peoples House of Learning, Enweying Building, on the east bank of the Symons Campus.

Titled "The Role of the Helper," the gathering includes traditional and contemporary teachings, a sunrise ceremony, workshops and a Saturday night traditional social with dinner. Among numerous workshop topics are "Our Medicine Helpers," "Helping: The Creator's Work" and "Finding Your Role".

As part of the Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering, the opening ceremonies for the First Peoples House of Learning will take place on February 19 at 12:30 p.m. in room 114 in Enweying. This is the first yearly Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering to take place in the new building that officially opened in October 2004.

Invited Elders and Traditional People include Ernie Benedict, Kathy Bird, Dorothy Cameron, Jacqui Lavalley, Sylvia Maracle, Mark Phillips, Merritt Taylor, Winston Taylor and Michael Thrasher. Workshops will be lead by Aboriginal faculty members Prof. Mark Dockstator, Prof. Dan Longboat, Prof. David Newhouse, Prof. Shirley Williams and Doug Williams, director of studies, Native Studies Ph.D. program.

The gathering is open to the public and all are welcome. Registration is $25 at the door for the weekend. Trent students and children under 16 are free.

This event is made possible by the volunteer commitment of Trent student volunteers and the generous support of the area 's First Nations communities and organizations.

Posted February 17, 2005

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