This four-day conference is intended to engage participants in a collective journey of reconciliation. Through community ceremony, collective sharing, engagement and hands-on teachings, participants will be invited to walk a path together in learning about our shared history and what our roles are and can be in reconciliation.
Hosted in partnership by Medicine Hat College, Rotary of Medicine Hat & District, Miywasin Friendship Centre and The Blood Tribe Department of Health Inc., this conference is offered FREE of charge.
Ceremony: Saamis Tepee
Lunch*: Crowfoot Room, MHC
9AM - 3PM
*registration required for lunch only
Centennial Hall, MHC
1PM - 4PM
Various locations, MHC
9AM - 4PM
*registration is now closed
9AM - 4PM
Eresman Theatre, MHC
6PM - 9PM
Feb 14 / 6PM - 9PM / Eresman Theatre, MHC
Join in the journey of reconciliation through oral sharing! This evening will be filled with inspiration, innovative thinking and powerful talks in Indigenous knowledge as three speakers from different Nations and walks of life share their Red Talk:
This is an opportunity for community members to come and be engaged in the stories, truths and realities of these honored guests. No registration is required. This event is open to all community members.
RED DRESS PROJECT
Feb 15 / 1PM - 4PM / Centennial Hall, MHC
Come gather together under a sea of red dresses to honor and bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Woman of Canada. Join us as we share and engage in acknowledging this aesthetic response to the more than 500 missing and murdered Indigenous woman. Drawing attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Indigenous women the installation seeks to evoke a presence through the marking of absence.
Feb 16 / 9AM - 4PM / Various Locations, MHC
We are pleased to provide a full day of engaging and interactive conference sessions! See below for session details. Registration is required.
BLANKET EXERCISE AND ROUND DANCE
Feb 17 / 9AM - 4PM / Cafeteria, MHC
We are honored to facilitate the KAIROS Blanket Exercise for all community members! The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. This exercise will immerse participants in different areas of learning of our shared history as well as the truths that were never shared. This community exercise will provide opportunities to be an active participant or to learn from watching/listening. For a visual of the Blanket Exercise, please follow the link provided. (https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/)
After the Blanket Exercise, please join us for the celebration of friendship and new beginnings through a Round Dance! All community members are encouraged to come and join in the Cree Nation’s traditional dance of honoring those before us and the new path of reconciliation!
Thank you to everyone who has registered in advance for our conference sessions. Registration for sessions is now closed.
Please note: lunch is the responsibility of registered participants.
Native Traditional Games [Sabrina Prince and Carol Syrette]
Join Sabrina Prince and Carol Syrette of Miywasin Friendship Center as they get you moving. Laughing and learning through Native Traditional Games. Come prepared to move around and have fun with this ladies as they provide teachings around our traditional games and physical literacy.
The Miracle of Forgiveness [Lance Scout]
Please join Knowledge Keeper, Lance Scout of the Blood Tribe as he shares the Miracle of Forgiveness. Participants will be engaged to look at what is the meaning of forgiveness. Journey with Lance as he takes you down a path or reconciliation through forgiveness principles – Love & Compassion, Circle, Spear and Star Analogies. “Recognizing that forgiveness is the only way back to the center of your innocence”.
Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women [Janice Randhile]
Participants are invited to sit and listen to the realities and stories of our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women of Canada. Please join Janice Randhile as she shares her experiences from both a professional and personal view and explore the truth of the dark realities between Canada and Indigenous Women.
Uncover, Recover and Discover [Noreen Demeria]
Noreen Demeria has over 10 years of “hands on” experience in Expressive Arts. Personal experience, education and employment opportunities have solidified Noreen’s belief in social justice rather than black letter of the law justice. Her passion is to assist community “Uncover, Recover and Discover”; self-determination and empowerment. One thing remains consistent, Noreen, seeks to empower individuals and community through their own creative voice. Noreen has utilized art to break through the residual effects of inter-generational trauma and has challenged systemic barriers by assisting people in finding a creative outlet.
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