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



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


Monday, February 13, 2006, Peterborough


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 in the First Peoples House of Learning at Gzowski College on the Symons campus.


This year’s gathering, entitled “Passing It On”, features 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.


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).


Opening Ceremonies and workshops will be held on Friday, February 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional workshops will take place on Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with final workshops and Closing Ceremonies being held on Sunday, February 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Sunrise ceremonies will occur on Saturday and Sunday and there will 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.




Media are invited and encouraged to attend this event.


For more information, please contact:

Vern Douglas at 748.1011 x7072






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