Great Lakes Gathering 2016

$10,777 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 40 months
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,

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Thank you thank you thank you! Every bit of this is going to support the gathering to help pay for Elders travel and other direct supplies. We have no overhead, salaries or admin fees or anything like that. Our committee is as grassroots as it comes and we are doing this for the love of the water. We cannot thank you enough for all the amazing support we have received! We hope to see everyone there! Only a couple more days to go before our opening ceremony at Sunrise on the 14th. Everyone is welcome :)
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Only $355 away from our goal! WOW!!! Thank you everyone so much :)
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I'm so completely blown away by people's generous support. From what I have heard, there is a great number of people travelling from all over to come to this gathering. We want to be able to make sure people are taken care of. We have a lot of people bringing extra food and tents for shade for Elders. All of the money we raise in this account is going to help with Elders' travel and for the other things we need for the gathering. We are also going to have a children's tent or wiigwaam set up just for language immersion. We have two language immersion teachers coming to give 3 hours each day of fun in the language for the kids :)
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The Great Lakes Gathering is coming up! We have fallen really short with fundraising & are in need of help with Elders' travel. Any amount is truly appreciated!! Everyone is welcome to attend July 14-17! Hope to see you there.
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Raised by 79 people in 40 months
Created November 19, 2015
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