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AGENDA!
July 18-22, 2022

Join us as we honour and feast for our Ancestors.

NCN is planning on “Bringing Home the Ancestors and Their Belongings” during the week of July 18-22, 2022. Many of our Ancestors were disinterred by the flooding and shoreline erosion caused by the Churchill River Diversion Project and have been in the custody of the Heritage Resources Branch for several years now. Repatriation has been on hold for two years because of the pandemic.

Now is the time to bring our Ancestors home to the land where they once walked.

TUESDAY, JULY 19 – DAY 1

  • 9:00 AM – Delegation meets at Historic Resources Branch, 213 Notre Dame Avenue
  • Pipe Ceremony
  • Transfer of Custody
  • Lighting of Sacred Fire (Offerings of tobacco at the Sacred Fire welcomed) In NCN
  • Opening Song (Prayers by Elders and Hand Drum Singers) In NCN
  • Open Forum (People are welcome to come share stories, teachings, songs and memories of our Ancestors and loved ones) In NCN
  • Delegation will travel from Winnipeg to NCN to escort the Ancestors home
  • Arrival Ancestors
  • Vehicle Procession (NCN members are to meet at the Junction to form a Vehicle Procession that will welcome and escort the Ancestors into the community)
  • Evening sunset pipe ceremony. In NCN
  • SNACKS AND REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY

WEDNESDAY, JULY – DAY 2

  • Sunrise Pipe Ceremony
  • Presentations by Chief and Council to the Family Heads
  • Sharing of songs, stories, commemorations, and prayers
  • Sweat lodge Ceremony
  • Sunset Pipe Ceremony
  • SNACKS AND REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY

THURSDAY, JULY 21 – DAY 3

  • Sunrise Pipe Ceremony
  • Sharing of song, stories, commemorations, and prayers
  • Chicken Dance and Traditional hand drum and songs, teachings by Ben Steinhauer
  • Sunset Pipe Ceremony
  • SNACKS AND REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY

FRIDAY, JULY 22 – DAY 4

  • Sunrise Pipe Ceremony
  • Burial procession to two burial grounds: ocoskwanisihk, cĪskwanisihk and pithĪwamotak (Mystery Lake) (Boat transportation provided by Manitoba Hydro)
  • Traditional Burial Ceremony (Honouring our loved ones with Hand Drum Songs)
  • Traditional Feast
  • Sacred Fire left to burn out naturally

 

For more information, contact:
Eva Linklater: evalinklater@ncncree.com
Bill Yetman: billyetman@hotmail.com
Councilor Jackie Walker: jackiewalker@ncncree.com

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