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Anishinaabek from Treaty 2 & Treaty 4 gather in Wasagaming for a day of Reconciliation on Indigenous People’s Day

Anishinaabek from Treaty 2 & Treaty 4 gather in Wasagaming for a day of Reconciliation on Indigenous People’s Day

Treaty 2 Territory – The Anishinabe Sharing Lodge in Wasagaming was the site of a beautiful gathering as we celebrated “Indigenous People’s Day” and Summer Solstice on June 21st. The Oo Day Mina (Strawberry) Singers from Skownan First Nation (pictured ab9ve) opened the gathering with their beautiful drumming and singing. The girls all dressed in

Treaty 2 Territory – The Anishinabe Sharing Lodge in Wasagaming was the site of a beautiful gathering as we celebrated “Indigenous People’s Day” and Summer Solstice on June 21st.

The Oo Day Mina (Strawberry) Singers from Skownan First Nation (pictured ab9ve) opened the gathering with their beautiful drumming and singing. The girls all dressed in yellow ribbon skirts, used their little yet powerful voices which could be heard through out the business district.

 

Their singing brought in visitors from the cottages and campground which is exactly what we hoped for. In the Spirit of Reconciliation, we welcomed visitors from China, Germany, and India.

 

 

We were blessed with Knowledge Keepers Mary Houle, Lillian Lynxleg, Paul Lynxleg, and Gladys Malcolm who shared stories and messages and teachings. Eugene Eastman who is with FNT2T, shared passed down knowledge from his late Koko on the history of our tribes in Riding Mountain.

 

North Wolf Ojibway Drum Group blessed us with drumming and teachings on the drum & songs they sing followed by a beautiful grand entry of Pow Wow dancers from our Nations.

 

 

 

Colton McLeod of Camperville entertained the crowd with his fiddling and singing.  Jiggers Destiny Davis  of Ebb & Flow, and Peter Cruz of Camperville got the crowd going with their fancy footwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government of Canada Minister Marc Miller (Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations Canada) along with our Ogichidaa and Ogemas later joined us following their meeting inside the lodge.

Following an hour of give aways and prizes, the crowd of 200+ plus was treated to a BBQ catered by Wally & Patty Roulette of Ebb & Flow.

 

We couldn’t ask for a better day. The rain stayed away, as did the mosquitoes. We credit this to the powerful Pipe Ceremony done by Knowledge Keeper Reg Nepinak at 8am the morning of.

 

Thank you to Parks Canada for always being champions and coming out to support and assist us in anyway possible while we gather in Riding Mountain National Park

Thank you to our incredible funders True North Aid for allowing us to come together for this day of RECONCILIATION & CELEBRATION!!

 

Miigwech to our organizing committee: Scott Lynxleg, Renee McGurry, Dakota Marsden, Reg Nepinak, John Miswagon, and Marlene Davis

 

Baa-maa-pii, gi-gaa-waa-baa-min miin-waa!!

Contributed by: Marlene Davis, Nation and Economic Development Helper

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