Lakehead University – Fall Harvest on Today

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Sara Sabourin making bannock over the open fire at Lakehead University
Sara Sabourin making bannock over the open fire at Lakehead University
Sara Sabourin making bannock over the open fire at Lakehead University
Sara Sabourin making bannock over the open fire at Lakehead University

THUNDER BAY – Together, the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives and Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services extend a warm, campus-wide invitation to the Lakehead University community and to the greater off-campus community to our annual Fall Harvest.

All students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to come out and experience Aboriginal culture through the teachings given by our traditional Elders. The Annual Fall Harvest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11 am to 2 pm at the sweat lodge site.

Students and community members are invited to join us to learn about birch bark basket making and hand drumming.  Sample fresh pickerel, sturgeon, wild goose and bannock with blueberry jam. Join the Elders as they share sweat lodge, traditional moon teachings and much more!

Everyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there!

Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby will share an opening prayer/smudge at 11 am.

Following this, welcoming remarks will be shared by Denise Baxter, Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives, and Dr. David Barnett, Interim Provost & Vice-President (Academic), then everyone is free to enjoy the event until 2 pm.  The following stations will be set up:

  • Elder Ernie Kwandibens & Charlotte Kwandibens:  Roast goose, moose soup and blueberries
  • Elder Gene Nowegejick:  Sweat Lodge Teachings
  • Elder Gerry Martin & Elder Isabelle Mercier: Traditional Tea Samples, Stewed Blueberries & Moon Teachings
  • Elder Ella Gagnon & Elder Sarah Sabourin:  Bannock Making
  • Elder Dolores Wawia – Storytelling
  • Elder Beatrice Twance-Hynes – Hand Drum Teachings
  • Elder Lawrence Baxter – Fried Sturgeon
  • Student Volunteers – Fried Pickerel
  • Dr. Amy Farrell-Morneau – Wild Rice Soup
  • Helen Pelletier – Birch Bark Basket Making

 

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