Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and St.Amant are celebrating National Aboriginal Day. While National Aboriginal Day is on June 21, the region will be celebrating all week long with events at several of their facilities. Take time to participate in the festivities which include ceremonies, feasts, drum groups and singers.
Events in the Winnipeg Health Region
June 15, 2015
Summer Solstice Ceremony – Gymnasium
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
St.Amant will be hosting Elder Betty Ross, an Aboriginal Singer/Drummer and of course we will be enjoying some refreshments following the ceremony!
1:30 PM – Smudging
1:45 PM – Opening Prayer
2:00 PM – Teaching on Summer Season
2:15 PM – Aboriginal Singer/Drummer
2:30 PM – Bannock, Berries, Refreshments
Please note that women attending should be wearing long skirts for the ceremony as per traditional protocol, and that there will be smudging taking place at 1:30pm. Individuals who are sensitive to smudge smoke should enter at approximately 2:00pm.
If you have any questions please contact Ursula Remillard at 256-4301 Ext.2253.
Celebration & Cultural Presentations
9:30 am – 12 pm
June 16, 2015
Deer Lodge Centre
The Asham Stompers will be performing live at the centre starting at 2 pm.
Riverview Health Centre
Summer Solstice Ceremony – Worship Centre
2 pm – 4 pm
June 17, 2015
CEO Grand Rounds in Aboriginal Health
The Gift of Ceremony: Aboriginal Peoples and Wellness
Aboriginal Health Programs – Health Education presents the annual CEO Grand Rounds in Aboriginal Health, our anchor event for the region’s Aboriginal Awareness Week.
We welcome Niigaan Sinclair, Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba and author, who will talk about the Indigenous concept of ceremony and wellness in relationship to today’s healthcare practitioner.
Niigaan is well known for his engaging and relevant commentary on Indigenous issues both locally and nationally and this event is sure to provide perspective and knowledge health care staff can use in their everyday work.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Lecture Theatre B – University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus
St. Boniface Hospital
Summer Solstice Ceremony 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Grace is hosting Buffalo Red Thunder Drum Group to perform and educate staff during their annual staff barbecue. 12 pm.
June 18, 2015
Victoria General Hospital
Summer Solstice Ceremony 3 pm in the Chapel
June 19, 2015
Health Sciences Centre, Section of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health, U of M & CancerCare Manitoba Celebrations
The day starts at 8 am in the Buhler Atrium with a pipe ceremony before a celebration from 10 am – 2 pm crafters, a feast and performances in Brodie Centre.
June 22, 2015
Mount Carmel Clinic
Bannock giveaway and drumming performance 12 pm
Additional Summer Solstice Ceremonies:
Seven Oaks Hospital (Chapel/Courtyard)
June 22, 2015
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Deer Lodge Centre (Spirit Room)
June 23, 2015
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Grace Hospital (Chapel)
June 24, 2015
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Events in the community
June 19, 2015
Indian & Métis Friendship Centre
Located at 45 Robinson Street, this community destination point will be hosting a day of celebrations from 10 am until 4 pm. Events include a Pow Wow and all are welcome.
June 20, 2015
Aboriginal Day Live at The Forks!
This annual event gets better each year with big-name musical entertainment taking over the Scotiabank Stage at The Forks. The celebrations run from the afternoon until late evening and there’s something for the whole family at this APTN-hosted event. www.aboriginaldaylive.ca