Saturday, September 24, 2022
(See Concurrent Session Schedule below for information about additional events and activities)
Elders Shirley Williams, Wesley Whetung, Leona Stevens, and Liz Ozawamick will conduct Sunrise Ceremony at the Lance Woods Park. Firekeeper Billy Whetung.
A Mnoomin-themed breakfast will be served following the Ceremony, catered by Thomas Olszewski of Grandfather's Kitchen.
Curve Lake First Nation Chief Keith Knott will welcome participants to the Gathering.
MC Gerrard Day will orient participants to the Gathering.
Opening MnoominSong by Dorothy Taylor.
WOMEN'S HAND DRUM SONG CIRCLE
Open hand drum song circle led by Janet McCue. All participants are invited to join in to learn and practice songs.
DR. FRED METALLIC
How the Listuguj community came together to assert their inherent right to fish salmon on the Listuguj Sipu (river) and reclaim their powers of law-making and enforcement.
Mnoomin-themed language lesson with Jonathan Taylor in the Lakeside Tent.
A Mnoomin-inspired lunch featuring a pickerel fry by Elmer Whetung, Atlantic Salmon caught by Dr Fred Metallic, moose harvested by Ryerson Whetung, and wild rice pudding made by Gary Williams.
CHANDRA MARACLE AND RICK HILL
Two Dishes, One Spoon: Sharing O:nenhste (Corn), Mnoomin (Wild Rice), and Stories as Haudenonishinaabe Reconciliation.
PURA FE SINGING & DRUMMING WORKSHOP
Join renewed artist Pura Fe for a singing and drumming workshop in the Lakeside Tent. More information below.
MNOOMIN PRACTITIONER PANEL
Moderated by Autumn Watson of the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle, hear from three communities about their efforts to rehabilitate their Mnoomin beds:
- Kelsey Trivett of Georgina Island First Nation
- Julia Pegahmagabow of Atikmeksheng Anishnawbek
- Amanda Paul and Marc Sams of Bear Island First Nation
ALL SPEAKER Q&A
All Speakers will join for this Q&A opportunity.
Closing words. Round dance led by Liz Ozawamick with song by Nimkii Ozawamick.
Keith Secola in concert with Special Guests Pura Fe, Sarah Lewis, and Missy Knott at the Curve Lake Community Centre. See dedicated page for more information.
Saturday, Sept 24
See below for details about sessions and activities that are taking place at the same time as the above events.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ANISHINAABEMOWIN LANGUAGE LEARNING WITH JONATHAN TAYLOR
Join Jonathan Taylor of Curve Lake First Nation for a Mnoomin-themed Anishinaabemowin language lesson.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
PURA FE SINGING AND DRUMMING WORKSHOP
Calling all hand drummers and singers! We invite you to participate in a workshop led by renowned musician, composer and vocalist, Pura Fe! Pura Fe will lead a vocal and harmony workshop and share her canoe and paddle songs taught to her from her family.
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Invited Artists of various media will be demonstrating and displaying their work in the dedicated Artist Tent, located between the Sacred Fire and the Main Arbour.
Alice Williams will display her Mnoomin Quilt, a piece commissioned for this Gathering.
Jean Marshall and beading workshop participants will display and demonstrate beading from the workshop offered Sept 21-23 .
Rory Cummings, Trapper, Furrier and Leather Worker, will display a pair of Muskrat Mitts commissioned for this Gathering.
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM, with break for lunch
At the Beach
PLANTING AND GATHERING MNOOMIN
Come learn how to plant and gather Mnoomin!
Nine canoes will be available, complete with lifejackets, paddles, and safety kits to plant and gather Mnoomin. Canoes will launch from the beach at the park. Green seeds for planting and gathering sticks for gathering will be provided. Instruction regarding planting and gathering will occur on shore prior to going out in the canoes. Planting will occur in a designated area. No planting will be done in front of the swimming area at the beach.
Two adults are recommended in each canoe; 1-2 children can also go in each canoe. All people in the canoe must wear lifejackets at all times. The number of people wanting to go out in canoes will determine how long each participant may stay out in a canoe. There will be one safety canoe with two safety monitors and one motorized safety boat with two safety monitors.
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM, with break for lunch
Under Main Arbour
Come learn how to process Mnoomin seeds into food!
Daemin Whetung will instruct participants in roasting, dancing, and winnowing Mnoomin under the main arbour. All equipment and seeds will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to actively participate in the processing of the Mnoomin and to ask questions so they learn how to process Mnoomin at home.