Read the July 2022 issue of Achimowina – NCN’s community, government, business, arts and events news.
Ancestors Remains Return Home
Citizens gathered for an emotional event from July 18-22 as the remains of NCN ancestors were repatriated.
The ceremony and celebration was called “Bringing Home the Ancestors and Their Belongings.”
On July 18, a delegation left the Historic Resources Branch in Winnipeg with the remains after a transfer of custody, lighting of the sacred fire, pipe ceremony and song.
“The ceremony and pipe ceremony was very touching and emotional for all of us. We are so thankful that we are able to bring our ancestors back home to be put to rest,” said Cheryl Moore.
The next day, the remains were welcomed home by NCN Citizens, who met at the Junction to form a vehicle procession. There was a presentation by Chief and Council, commemorations, sweat ceremony, sharing of stories and drum, and a sunset pipe ceremony.
The following two days the community enjoyed a Chicken Dance and teachings.
“Nisichawayasihk has dancing circles at Leftrook Lake and Wuskatim, to name a few. Based on the knowledge of Ketiyatisak, who shared that the chicken dance was popular in our community at one time, we were happy to have Ben Steinhauer facilitate teachings. Let’s reclaim what was part of our culture and keep it alive,” said Jackie Walker. “Ithinisiwin!”
The burial procession led to the ocoskwanisihk, ciskwanisihk and pithiwamotak burial grounds. Everyone gathered again at the Gilbert McDonald Arena for a traditional feast.
“We would like to acknowledge Chief Moody, Eva Linklater and councillor Jackie Walker for their work in getting our ancestors home. Thank you to our Elders, Tyler Linklater for the beautiful singing, and former leaders Jim Moore and Elvis Thomas for being part of the pipe ceremony.”
These ancestors had been disinterred by the flooding and shoreline erosion caused by the Churchill River Diversion, and have been in custody of the Heritage Resources Branch for several years. Repatriation had been on hold for two years because of the pandemic.
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