[Sust-mar] Peace and Friendship Gathering 2011
meghan at tatacentre.ca
Thu Aug 4 15:26:31 EDT 2011
Peace and Friendship Gathering
August 15-19; Monday 10am to Friday 1pm
Welcome to this annual cross-cultural gathering! Come to meet Aboriginal
of this region, experience indigenous-led program
and learn about current issues. Learn about and live out our Peace and
Friendship Treaties together!
This year, we will gather together to find hope, as we examine our real
concerns about our environment (water, fracking, mining, fishing,
forestry, etc), our historic and current realities (Indian Residential
Schools, unacknowledged Treaties and Rights, etc) and a dominant
worldview that seems to oppress all that keeps us alive. Is there a
connection between our relationships with each other and our
relationship with the Earth? What more can we do together, that we
cannot do apart? How will we work together toward a common vision of
peace and justice?
Join inspiring Aboriginal People to explore these and many other
important questions. Sherry Pictou, from Bear River First Nation, is a
Mi'kmaq educator and co-Chair of the World Fisheries Forum. She brings
inspiration, experience and ongoing challenges from her work with the
fisheries and indigenous rights - from both Maritime and international
perspectives. gkisedtanamoogk, Wampanoag, teachers Native Studies
at the University of Maine, and is a co-founder of the Aboriginal Rights
Coalition - Atlantic. He notes "...We are all suffering...The Peace and
Friendship Gatherings are the good medicine to enable us to bridge the
gaps of mutuality and socio-economic responsibility."
Eileen Brooks, from Indian Brook First Nation, will bring spiritual
leadership; Mi'kmaq musician and educator, Catherine Martin, will bring
her music, films and stories; and Margaret Tusz-King, coordinator of the
Peace and Friendship Project, will be there to offer welcome and
support. We expect other leaders and experts from our region to join us
over the week as well.
Our daily rhythm of activities will include early Morning Ceremony,
focused Talking Circles before lunch, special workshops, cultural
experiences or quiet time together during the afternoons, and then
evening processes to reflect and debrief the day. All are welcome to
come for as little or as long as you can. Particular daily topics will
be determined by the resource people, and by the interests of those
Cost: $375 for all 4 days; pro-rated for however long you can attend.
Tenting/camping is an option too.
The Peace and Friendship Project is a partnership of Tatamagouche Centre
with the Mennonite Central Committee, in conjunction with the Aboriginal
Rights Coalition - Atlantic and the Maritime Conference Working Group on
Aboriginal Relations and Concerns.
Office hours: Mon-Wed
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