Changing of Seasons
A celebration and honouring of each change in season. An opportunity to gather as a community to learn from Indigenous knowledge keepers and to build relationships. The Changing of the Seasons Ceremonies have been made possible through the support of the Collingwood Indigenous Circle.
September 24, 2023 - Awen’ Gathering Place
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
94 Call to Action StoryWalk©
September 18 - October 2
National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
September 18 - October 2
"It can start with a knock on the door one morning. It is the local Indian agent, or the parish priest, or, perhaps, a mounted Poice officer... The officials have arrived and the children must go."
Fall Equinox Indigenous Vendors
Awen’ Gathering Place
September 24 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wild and Glorious, Spirit Daughter Beading, Dear Trauma, Caribou Creations, and Opulence Apothecary
- The Madoodiswan (Sweat Lodge) is one of the oldest Indigenous Ceremonies in North America. This Ceremony has been practised and preserved within many Indigenous Nations for thousands of years. The Sweat Lodge represents the Womb of Mother Earth. In this Ancient Ceremony, there is an opportunity for individuals to build their Spirit Connection, cleanse their Physical Beings, and seek guidance from our Ancestors. There are many reasons to attend a ‘Sweat Lodge Ceremony’ however participants are often on their individual personal healing journeys, at times seeking clarity for their ‘Path of Life’. The Ceremony itself is believed to be its own Living being. So, when we attend a ‘Lodge’ for the first time we can feel comfortable and safe that “Mother Earth’s Womb” will take good care of us. The Lodge Ceremony will help us Balance, our Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotions. This of course is all achieved by asking the spirits for that healing. The Lodge Ceremony really encourages participants to be their True Self and to remember their own Spirit. The Ceremony was shared with the Anishinabek so that we would have opportunities to heal and cleanse our Sacred Lifeforce within us. The Lodge will help us remember our connection to all things within Creation and give us time to honour the Sacred Balance of all Life.
Three Sisters Soup
- The Three Sisters, three crops: corn, beans and squash are traditionally, for some Indigenous Nations, grown together, working harmonously to stregthen one another through support, nutrients and protection. The Three Sisters story is an important Indigenous teaching and cultural practice. Three Sisters Soup will be prepared by the Collingwood Youth Centre Culinary interns guided by the program Chef and an Indigenous facilitator.
December 21, 2023 - Awen’ Gathering Place