Event: Learning to be Oshkabewis – Gathering


“Nwii-Kinoomaagoz Waa-zhi Oshkabesiiyaanh” – I want to be taught how to be a helper of ceremony (Anishinaabemowin translation by Dr. Shirley Williams)

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This gathering will take place on Unceded Algonquin territory and is one of eleven gatherings happening across Turtle Island, through the 4Rs (Respect, Reciprocity, Responsibility and Relevance) National Learning Community. Each gathering aims to host conversations that matter, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, as we move toward truth, reconciling our histories, and imagining possible futures based in equity and social justice for Indigenous peoples. This gathering is hosted by the Assembly of Seven Generations and the 4Rs Youth Movement with additional support from the Laidlaw Foundation. We also acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada150 Fund.

We are inviting Indigenous youth to this gathering, from all nations and backgrounds. This gathering is also open to non-Indigenous youth who are want to learn and become better allies through observation, conversation and active participation. We are aware that ceremonies can be problematic for many people so we will do our best to have conversations about safe spaces, inclusivity and gender roles prior the ceremony. We will be as open and accomondating as possible during the ceremony also.

This gathering invites participants to reconnect with the roles and responsibilities of ceremony, community and the land. We believe that it is of the utmost importance for people to reconnect, preserve and share our land-based & ceremonial teachings for our future generations.

Food and drinks will be provided throughout the gathering. Childcare can be provided, if needed please indicate in your registration form.

Draft Agenda:

Friday, November 17th (5pm-10pm)
Location: Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Centre) Third Floor

– Meet, Greet & Feast
– Kairos Blanket Exercise & Debrief
– Teachings with Elaine Kicknosway
– World Cafe & Closing Reflections

Saturday, November 18th (8am-5pm)
Location: Moose Creek, Ontario (School Bus transportation will be provided to and from – 8am departure).

– Prepare Lodge for Ceremony (learning roles and responsibilities of preparing lodge for ceremony throughout the morning)
-Teachings with Elder Thomas Louttit and his helpers
– Pipe Ceremony and Sweat Lodge led by Thomas
– Feast
– Sharing Circle

Optional Evening Activity: TBD

Sunday – Debrief & Brunch – (11am-2pm) – OPTIONAL
Location: Yangtze Chinese Resturant for Dim Sum (700 Somerset W.)

For more info on our hosts and funders:
A7G –
4Rs Youth Movement –
Laidlaw Foundation –