Niibi Gatherings at the Awen' Gathering Place
The Town of Collingwood is presenting a discussion and ceremony series at the Awen’ Gathering Place this summer starting on June 18 with an event in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day. The water-themed series is titled Niibi Gatherings, Water is Life, Water is Alive, Niibi being the Ojibwe word for water.
Where: Awen’ Gathering Place, Harbourview Park
Dates: June 18, July 3 & August 9
Times: 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18
Indigenous women share a sacred connection to the spirit of niibi - water. As life-givers, all women in Anishinaabekwe culture are given the responsibility to protect and nurture water. Join us for a traditional Water Ceremony with Saugeen First Nation Cultural and Wellness Coordinator, Lori Kewaquom. We offer this event in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) and the rich contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to Canada.
Wednesday, July 3
Niibi - water is the most life sustaining gift on Mother Earth and is the interconnection among all living beings. It’s the home to many fish, plants and animals that contribute to our health and well-being yet many of us are not aware of the changes happening under the water’s surface. Andrew Akiwenzie, Natasha Akiwenzie, and Victoria Serda, from Bagida’waad Alliance will talk about the heritage of Chippewas of Nawash fishing families and discuss growing changes to Lake Huron and Georgian Bay from a cultural and environmental perspective.
The Bagida-waad Alliance (meaning “they set a net”) is a not-for-profit environmental organization founded in 2018.
Friday, August 9
The experience of migration, often by water can be very different from one person to another. Following an introduction and ceremony with Elder and Oshkaabewis-messenger, James Carpenter, Toronto artist Akshata Naik leads an interactive art project inviting participants to reflect on our personal history, travel, identity and where and to whom we feel most connected. Let’s recognize and celebrate our diverse stories and identities. This event is held on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the eve of Sidelaunch Days Collingwood Harbour Festival.
Rain of Shine, All ages welcome
Bring your own water bottle & a blanket to sit on