You might ask how an event of this nature came together. It all started about three weeks ago as a search for a venue for a community Round Dance that Candora wanted to hold in North East Edmonton on New Year’s Eve. Challenges around securing a space for the same led the planning group to a new dream, and much larger vision for the Round Dance. The group dared to imagine a celebration that was:
- Grounded in ceremony and tradition - remembering those that have gone before;
- Welcoming people of all cultures, gathering to share food and dance to the drum;
- A coming together to mark the end of an era while starting on a new journey;
- Celebrating diversity and inclusion, and opening doors for honoring reconciliation.
Such a dream brought to mind a venue that has been an integral part of such gatherings…the Northlands Coliseum.
We shared the dream with a number of Treaty 6 Chiefs and an Elder. With their encouragement, we approached the leadership of Edmonton Northlands who embraced the dream and provided a new opportunity. While Edmonton Northlands could not host the event on December 31st, they offered us with the opportunity to hold the Round Dance as part of their farewell weekend on December 15th to 17th, 2017. While we are fully aware of the short time to pull together the event, we also realized that we had the opportunity to bring the dream to reality. An opportunity to bring together all people throughout Treaty – Six Territory. An opportunity to share an Indigenous ceremony and tradition welcoming all. An opportunity to be intentional about learning to live in a new way as a community; honoring the journey of reconciliation.
We invite you to experience this opportunity and to become a part of this celebration. To help you plan for the day, the agenda is as follows:
4:00 pm – Pipe Ceremony and Feast (Halal)
5:00 pm – Welcome and Introductions
5:30 pm – Round Dance begins
If you have any questions and/or are interested in helping by: attending – making it happen – or contributing, please contact Kim Armstrong, Manager of Adult Programs for The Candora Society. Kim can be reached by phone at (780) 474-5011 ext 109 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . We would appreciate your assistance in helping to get the word out by forwarding this invitation to your contacts.
We are humbled, honored and excited to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity and gathering!