Batchewana First Nation is hosting the annual Elder’s Gathering at the Quattro Hotel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. today through to Aug. 24.
Elders from many different nations gather in celebration of a shared history. The theme for this year’s gathering is the Power of the Past, Force of the Future.
About 200 Elders from as far away as Tyendinaga Mohawks are attending, along with nations including the Delaware, the Wahta Mohawks, Hiawatha, Caldwell, and the Oneida Nation of the Thames.
Also present are a number of speakers to share information about identity teachings, and safety.
Speakers include Holly Syrette, the Batchewana Police Department, Andrea Chrisjohn and Michael Bisson will be in attendance.
Deputy Grand Chief Gord Peters of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians said “We gather to honor our Elders for their life of knowledge, and experience. Their role in the family is vital for the strength they give, the peace of mind they bring and the teachings that they have imparted to us as the future generations.
“They reach to us to be grateful for all that we have.”
Some of the issues to be shared and discussed include the restoration of identity, Elder abuse prevention and housing, story-telling ceremonies, Old Time Values and more.
The Elders will also be able to enjoy crafting workshops, beading, Reiki and group photos.