Collingwood Celebrates Winter Solstice December 21

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with the Collingwood Indigenous Circle and the Town of Collingwood at the Awen’ Gathering Place on Thursday, December 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Muckpaloo Ipeelie will share Inuit cultural teachings including throat singing. Experience the beauty of the Northern Lights as we light the Awen’ in the captivating colours of the arctic sky. 

Opichi Commanda an Anishinaabe fire keeper will speak to the practice of sacred fire-keeping and the role fire plays in wellness, healing and gathering. There will also be warm cider and attendees are invited to wear an Indigenous item to enter to win a prize.

The Change of Seasons initiative was introduced by Muckpaloo Ipeelie in collaboration with the Collingwood Indigenous Circle as an opportunity to bring people together, to share Indigenous knowledge and to build relationships through mentorship and support. The Change of Seasons reminds us of the deep connection we share with the land and the natural world around us. As we circle to our final Change of Seasons for this year, Jennifer McFarlane who has helped facilitate each gathering will share her journey through each gathering.

Attendees are invited to offer a gift of thanks. Suggestions shared by the Collingwood Indigenous Circle include tobacco, tea, sage, cedar or sweetgrass. Engaging respectfully with the Collingwood Indigenous Circle and in the spirit of reciprocity shows gratitude for the teachings shared. Take the time to ask questions and learn more, relationship building is a key component of reconciliation.

There is no cost to participate, and all are welcome. Visit www.collingwood.ca/seasons or www.CollingwoodIndigenousCircle.ca for more details.

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