Coming to Edmonton This Summer..
Littlechild wants Non-Indigenous peoples, especially in the Edmonton area, to know that they are welcome at the World Indigenous Nations Games.
From the stands as spectators, they can take in sporting events or the ongoing cultural celebration at Enoch's powwow grounds.As a legacy project, the community is constructing one of the largest powwow arbours in the country.
In the afternoons on game days, there will be conferences on global issues affecting Indigenous peoples, ranging from food security to human rights to business.
Littlechild said non-Indigenous peoples are encouraged to attend as well. "Reconciliation, I think, is about having good relations," he said. "Helping each other stage these games, I think we would find things about each other that would be positive."For those who want to assist,
Littlechild said organizers are still looking for volunteers for interpretation, hosting dignitaries, transportation and food.
"We have so much to offer from North America, even from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 alone, in terms of our games that people aren't really familiar with."
The World Indigenous Nations Games are structured similarly to the Olympics but mix contemporary sports with traditional Indigenous events.
"EPL is in support of the reconciliation Explore opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of reconciliation.
Elder Wilson Bearhead is EPL’s first Elder in Residence.
He is a cultural educator and member of the Wabamun Lake Indian Band in Treaty 6 territory, Alberta.
With Elder Bearhead's assistance, EPL will provide access for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to learn about Indigenous culture, traditional knowledge, and receive spiritual support. He will connect EPL with organizations that serve and support Indigenous communities
Customers can also connect with Elder Bearhead one-on-one. He will be on site at EPL’s Abbottsfield Penny McKee and Enterprise Square branches. To contact Elder, please call or visit either of these two branch locations when the Elder is in-branch.
EPL celebrated this valuable new service at a public event at the Enterprise Square Branch on April 7, 2017. On this date, EPL CEO, Pilar Martinez, presented protocol to Elder Bearhead on behalf of our customers and staff to traditionally request the honour of his wisdom, gifts and guidance"- Edmonton Public Library
April and May- Click Link to find out the dates.
An Aboriginal Elder is someone who has gained recognition as a custodian of knowledge and lore, and who has permission to disclose knowledge and beliefs. In some instances, usually recognised by the community and family, age is of importance, but knowledge is key. Indigenous communities respect Elders and provide an offering of tobacco in exchange for prayer or wisdom and teachings.
Aboriginal people above a certain age will often refer to themselves as Elders.
Anyone is welcome to attend the Edmonton Library presentation. We support learning traditional teachings.
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