Moose Jaw will host first-ever Na­tional Gath­er­ing in Canada

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Speak­ers and many peo­ple from across the globe will gather in Moose Jaw on Mon­day, April 23 to Satur­day, April 28 for the first ever Atamiskākē­wak 2018—Na­tional Gath­er­ing to be held in Canada. The first day of events kicks off at the Her­itage Inn.

The Na­tional Gath­er­ing will fo­cus on ar­eas of fos­ter care, faith re­la­tions, and all ar­eas of the 94 Calls to Ac­tion; Child Wel­fare, Ed­u­ca­tion, Lan­guage and Cul­ture, Health, Jus­tice, Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment and Train­ing for Pub­lic Ser­vants, Church Ed­u­ca­tion for Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, Youth Pro­grams/Sports and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, Miss­ing and Mur­dered Indige­nous Women and Girls (MMIWG), Busi­ness and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Gath­er­ing’s web­site, Atamiskākē­wak 2018 is the “bring­ing to­gether of all peo­ple in a week of ex­pe­ri­ences, ed­u­ca­tion, un­der­stand­ing and fun, bridg­ing the gap be- tween Indige­nous and non-Indige­nous peo­ples. This will be a week that has some­thing for every­one; no mat­ter the age, de­mo­graphic or knowl­edge level, all com­ing to­gether and “Shak­ing Hands in Greet­ing with each Other.” Chris McKee, Ex­ec­u­tive Fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the Na­tional Gath­er­ing says this will be a fun week of ac­tiv­i­ties but also a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for many. He is invit­ing every­one to at­tend this im­por­tant event. “There will be a full range of events through­out the week that peo­ple can look for­ward to. There will be some­thing for every­one. This is the first of its kind ever to be held in Canada and it is tak­ing place right here in our city on Treaty 4 ter­ri­tory,” he said. “We’re of­fer­ing all events through­out the week, free of charge so that all peo­ple can at­tend wher­ever they see fit. It is 100 per cent about rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, not only in our own coun­try but across the world. Peo­ple who have signed up to at­tend are com­ing from all over the world—as far away as Uganda and South Africa. It’s all about bridg­ing the gap be­tween indige­nous and non-indige­nous cul­tures so this is a very im­por­tant event for our city. We want every­one who can at­tend to come out and we also in­vite any­one who wants to part­ner with us for this event.”

Speak­ers for the Na­tional Gath­er­ing in­cludes: Robb Nash, Chief Joseph, An­drew Mick­le­field, Gerry Stonechild, Kevin Hay­wahe, Kevin McKen­zie, Lori-Lee & Kevin Har­ris, Noel Star­blan­ket and per­for­mances by Ter­rance Lit­tle­tent and Thun­der­ing Hills Dance Troupe.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to see event dates and times or to reg­is­ter, visit their web­site at www.na­tion­al­gath­er­ing.ca. Con­verg­ing Path­ways and Indige­nous Path­ways have part­nered on a shared ini­tia­tive with the City of Moose Jaw to host this event.

Sto­ry­teller Gerry Stonechild will be one of the guest speak­ers at the Na­tional Gath­er­ing 2018. Con­trib­uted photo from the Na­tional Gath­er­ing.

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