Great Lakes Gathering

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Great Lakes Gathering

Time: July 14, 2016 at 5am to July 17, 2016 at 7pm
Location: Ojibway Park
Street: 2628 Highway 17B East Garden River
City/Town: First Nation, Ontario P6A 7B2
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Event Type: great, lakes
Organized By: Great Nibi Gathering Planning Committee c/o Becky Big Canoe Facebook:
Latest Activity: Jul 7, 2016

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On behalf of the "Great Nibi Gathering" Planning Committee we are pleased to invite everyone to attend the four day gathering on July 14-17 at Ojibway Park in Garden River First Nation, ON. Everyone is welcome as we come together to discuss and express our care and concern for the Waters of the Great Lakes.

We are calling together all members of the Anishinaabe Nations including the Ojibway, the Odawa and the Potawattomi peoples and the Metis all around the Great Lakes. We are also inviting members of the general public who have an interest and knowledge to share about protecting the Great Lakes.

We intend to gather, compile and share information regarding the state of health of our waters and make collective decisions as to what needs to be done to protect them.

Great Nibi Gathering Planning Committee
c/o Becky Big Canoe


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Comment by FixOurWorld on July 6, 2016 at 10:30pm

Full Agenda will be posted once finalized. Our rough outline is as follows:

July 12-13: Camp set up day
July 13 at 2:00pm - Grandmother's meeting to discuss protocols.

July 14:
Sunrise Ceremony
Opening ceremony
Welcoming the Paddlers
Water Bundle Offering
Break for day at supper time.

July 15:
Sunrise Ceremony
Gather together in main ceremonial area. We will be breaking out into groups of Elders, Women, Men, Two-Spirit/Trans & Youth (note: two-spirit/trans are also welcome to go into whatever groups they feel comfortable). In our breakout groups we will be holding ceremony together and discuss actions or ideas for protecting the waters.
Water Bundle Offering
Ceremonies continue until supper

July 16:
Sunrise Ceremony
Main Ceremonial Space: We will return into the space together as one large group where the groups of Day 2 will present their ideas to the Elders Council.
Water Bundle Offering
In the afternoon the Elders meet in council with each other to discuss the ideas presented in the morning.
As they meet, we will have a ceremonial Lacrosse game and a bannok & tea making contest.
Evening: Indian gambling & hand games :)

July 17:
Sunrise Ceremony
All of us gather in the main ceremonial space where the Elders will present what they feel is the best course of action for protecting the waters. Closing ceremony.

NOTE: We are hoping that some people will volunteer to coordinate children's activities. Supervision of children is mandatory, especially swimming and around the water.

ALSO: There may be sweat lodges or other healing lodges. Protocols to be observed. Please bring offerings for the Elders/Healers or conductors of ceremonies.

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