Important Indigenous Ceremony Coming to Mississauga

While people have often been encouraged to reflect on Canada's troubled relationship with the Indigenous population it famously displaced, attention to the issue—and Canada's need to reconcile with an incredibly important group of overlooked residents—has been magnified due to the country's recent 150th anniversary.

Doing its part to embrace and expose Native traditions to the citizenry, Mississauga's Bradley Museum will be hosting a traditional First Nations Sunrise Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The city says residents and visitors are welcome and encouraged to celebrate and experience this traditional Indigenous ceremony when it kicks off this coming weekend.

As part of the morning event, members of Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) will guide visitors in a ceremony that includes traditional songs, a smudge and pipe ceremony and community feast.

All are welcome to participate and Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras, commissioner, community services Paul Mitcham, Elder Shelley Clark, Elder Elaine Isaacs and PAN president Kris Noakes will be on hand at the event.

Attendees can see Chief Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation read one of his original works of poetry, have conversations regarding current Indigenous issues and watch a drum group with traditional dancers.

If you're interested in participating, note that you should be at the Bradley Museum at 8:45 a.m. for the meet up and walk to the lake at Watersedge Park. The First Nations Sunrise Ceremony will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Family-friendly activities will follow the ceremony and the event will wrap up at 5:00 p.m.

There is no fee to attend.

For more information about the Sunrise Ceremony, click here.

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