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Activist Communique: Beaver Pond Forest -- 'A Living Temple' day of teachings in Kanata on Saturday

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The deets:

Saturday, September 10, 2011
6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
At the end of Walden Drive,
Kanata, Ontario (15 mins from Ottawa)


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The call-out:

This event is officially titled: South March Highlands -- "A Living Temple"
Honouring Algonquin Grandfather William Commanda

This event includes:
· A Sunrise Ceremony and Sacred Fire
· A Gathering with like-minded people: All are welcome
· Teachings, workshops, and trail walks
· Listening to, visiting, and talking with Algonquin Chiefs  and Indigenous leaders
. Listening to, visiting, and talking with Romola Vasantha Thumbadoo, co-ordinator of A Circle of All Nation: "Grandfather's Prayer for Mother Earth"
· Listening to, visiting, and talking with Algonquin Anishinaabe Daniel Bernard Amikwabe
· Special guest 2010 National Aboriginal Achievement Award winner: Danny Beaton offering ceremony, teachings, and flute music
· A BBQ lunch and dinner fundraiser: hamburgers and hotdogs
· Celebrating the Full Moon

· Musician father and daughter combo: David Finkle and Aurora Finkle
· Musician/Composer/Music Producer/Sonic Daredevil: Marc Meriläinen (NADJIWAN)
· The Andy Mason Band

A schedule and more details will follow!

Items to bring:
Lawn chairs, blankets, sun hats, sun and bug protection, hand sanitizer, snacks, water, foods for special dietary needs, drums, rattles, kindness, and a good ♥

Photo contest and submissions contact Deanna Wright:
[email protected]

- donation to support the event:
- volunteers
- venders
- food venders
Please contact: [email protected]

We ask that everyone respect this Anishinaabe protocol:

**In line with the Algonquin Anishinaabe tradition when someone passes we respectfully stop saying their name. It takes 13 complete moon cycles for them to finish their journey through the Western Doorway. When we say their name audibly the person's journey is interrupted and we potentially prevent them from safely completing it. Hence, to honour Grandfather William Commanda's journey it is best to say "Grandfather." Please respect this. **

For a map to the location click here on this link.

If you need directions to Beaver Pond Park from your starting point it is best to use Google maps directions. Click here on this link and type in "Beaver Pond Park Kanata Ontario."

Algonquin Union (AU) click here on this link.

Ottawa's South March Highlands click here on this link.


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