23rd Annual Elders Gathering

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – November 16, 2017): Anishinaabe Initiatives, Algoma University and Mamawweswen the North Shore Tribal Council are pleased to present the 23rd Annual Elders and Youth Gathering, occurring from Friday November 17th – Saturday, November 18th.

Since 1995, the University has been welcoming Elders to campus to share their knowledge and wisdom at the Elders Gathering. The gathering provides an opportunity to share indigenous knowledge through a series of workshops, presentations, and ceremonial practices. The event is a cross-cultural learning experience which also strengthens the cultural identity of Anishinaabe students and allows the surrounding community to learn about stories and perspectives carried by Elders.

“The Elders Gathering is an important annual event for the Algoma University community,” says Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor of Algoma University. “The Elders who will gather and who we will celebrate are our link to the knowledges that Anishinaabe communities have held since time immemorial. They are also our link to the present and to our futures. Algoma University is committed, in the spirit of sharing, healing, and learning, to playing a meaningful role in this important work alongside our many partners, including Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association. We are committed to being a leader in the work of truth and reconciliation, to going beyond the Calls to Action, and to honouring our relationships. We look to the Elders, for whom this is life’s work, for guidance, and we are pleased to welcome all the participants to our shared site.”

The event will kick-off with a potluck feast at 6pm on Friday, followed by a hand drum contest at 7pm. On Saturday, the gathering will begin with a sunrise ceremony at 7am in the fire arbour followed by presentations from Water First, Josephine Mandamin, Sylvia Plain, Linda Toulouse, Rihkee Strap and Moose Project. A traditional feast will be served at 5pm.

“This event will foster the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next, while also strengthening ties between different communities,” says Taryn Bobiwash, Anishinaabe Student Assistant.

All Algoma University community members and the public are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for the Elders and Youth Gathering.

For more information, please contact Taryn Bobiwash, Anishinaabe Student Assistant at taryn.bobiwash@algomau.ca or call 705.949.2301, Ext. 4251.