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27th Annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering to be Held February 17-19

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

The Native Studies department at Trent University is pleased to announce that the 27th annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering will be taking place February 17, 18, and 19. All events will be held in various rooms throughout the First Peoples House of Learning at Gzowski College.

This year's gathering, entitled "Passing It On", will feature 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.

Invited elders and guest speakers include: Mike McDonald and Ernie Benedict (Akwasasne), Jacqui LaValley (Shawanaga), Kathy Bird (Peguis, Manitoba), Norma General and Jan Longboat (Six Nations), Dorothy Cameron (Shoal Lake), Sylvia Maracle (Tyendinega), and William Commanda (Maniwaki).

The Opening Ceremonies will be held on Friday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m., followed by various workshops being delivered until 5:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, join the group for a sunrise ceremony – be sure to arrive half an hour before the sun rises to make it! If getting up before dark isn't your idea of fun, Saturday will be a day chock full of activities, workshops, presentations and great food. All activities will be taking place from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Final workshops and Closing Ceremonies being held on Sunday, February 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. In addition, there will also be drumming and singing on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Atrium.

Organized each year by the department of Native 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 sixteen. 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.

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

Posted February 16, 2006





























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