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Announcing Date of the 36th Annual Elders Gathering

by NationTalk on July 10, 2012883 Views

Abbotsford, BC – Tsawwassen First Nation and Stó:lō Communities are proud to announce this year’s gathering will be held from July 10 to 12 at the Tradex – Trade and Exhibition Centre on 1190 Cornell Street in Abbotsford, BC. The theme is “Letsemót” One Heart, One Mind, One Family. There will be traditional food and ceremonies at the Semath Long House during the three days of the Elders Gathering.

After a successful 35th Annual Elders Gathering with over 1500 participates per day and an opening ceremony of 3000 guests, the Stó:lō people have partnered with Tsawwassen First Nation to host the 2012 gathering. Sumas Elder Millie Silver and chair of the 35th Elders Gathering formally announced the event. The new Core Planning group is honoured to coordinate and welcome all elders and dignitaries to Abbotsford once again, states Elder Millie Silver. The core planning group is comprised of many different representatives from the Stó:lō and Tsawwassen First Nation.This is also the time to announce the King and Queen of the 36th Elders Gathering. Queen “Ya Yuts Kii Ya” Audrey Kelly and King “Mi:mel Spath” Roger Andrews from Shxw’ow’hamel Indian Band. We want to thank all the volunteer coordinators for all the support and numerous hours they put into in the areas of volunteer, Elder’s rest area, arts & crafts, and local tours within the City of Abbotsford. The 36th Elders Gathering is also thankful for the gracious support from the Mayor and Council of the City of Abbotsford.

The Elders Gathering takes place and each year in British Columbia and hosted by different First Nation communities. The purpose of gathering is for Elders to come together and take their rightful place as advisors, teachers, and leaders. Many Elders are involved and work at the community level throughout the year. They participate at meetings, workshops and various events to support Youth, Education Committees, Band Councils and so on. The Gatherings are a time to socialize and celebrate their accomplishments as well as regenerate themselves for future work. It provides an opportunity for Elders to share traditional ways with visiting cultural and linguistic groups. This is done through song, dance and ceremonies throughout the event.

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Elder Chair Millie Silver at (604) 852-4159
Co–Chair Diane McElhinney – Tsawwassen First Nation at (604) 230-7174
Co-Chair Rick Quipp – Stó:lō from Cheam First Nation at (604) 798-5574


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