Great Lakes Gathering 2016

Great Lakes Gathering  2016
Ojibway Park, Garden River First Nation, Ontario
July 14-17, 2016

The “Great Lakes Gathering” Planning Committee has issued an open invitation and call out to all Anishinaabeg, Metis and supporters to come to the shores of Lake Huron to meet, discuss, and hold ceremony together for the waters of the Great Lakes and for future generations. Here we will nourish a sacred fire, make water offerings, convene an Elders Council, host traditional healing, and a ceremonial Lacrosse game. This event will be filled with traditional activities that will include storytelling and Anishinaabemowin immersion.

Under the Elders’ guidance, the people in attendance will discuss the many serious issues regarding the health & wellness of the Great Lakes, and what actions can be taken to preserve them. This is the reason for the gathering and why we have started this Go Fund Me campaign. All of the funds raised will be going to pay for direct costs of food, to assist Elders with travel, rental of a large tent, wood and offerings.

In addition to financial help, we are humbly asking for support and help from Water Walkers, Fire Keepers, Traditional Lodge Keepers, Elders, native language speakers, lacrosse players, traditional singers, youth, Two Spirited peoples, helpers, cooks, volunteers and organizers.

We are a collective of volunteer grassroots organizers who are taking action because we love and respect the waters and we recognize the importance of preserving the Great Lakes for future generations. 100% of the funds raised will go for direct costs for the gathering. No one is getting paid or recieving honourariums.

On behalf of the Great Lakes Gathering Organizing Committee we thank you for your support.

The Onaman Collective
Contact: Becky Big Canoe, [email redacted]


Christi Belcourt
Serpent River, ON

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