At this year's gathering we had over 100 participants from across Turtle Island. Delegates came from New York, Vancouver, North Dakota, Alberta, and Nova Scotia.
The gathering represented the circle of family, from Elders to youth to toddlers. For four days, we shared stories and teachings, created art, and participated in healing ceremonies.
2SPM and Kani Kanichihk would like to thank the following funders:
Crown-Indigenous Relations, Government of Canada
First Nations and Inuit Health, Government of Canada
Indigenous and Northern Relations, Province of Manitoba
Manitoba Metis Federation
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Red River College
City of Winnipeg
Many participants who arrived in Winnipeg by air were driven to and from the gathering site by local volunteers, Jamie, David, Boyd, Monique, Chantal, and Levi.
Gathering participants were housed in tents and cabins. The weather was pleasant except for a lightning thunderstorm that arrived on the first evening.
Six sweat lodges were conducted for gathering participants.
Participants visited the Bannock Point Petroforms, a series of stone figures laid out on bedrock in the forms of turtles, snakes and humans, and also in abstract patterns. Anishinaabe and other First Nations people believe that they were left here long ago for the benefit of all people that might visit this site to receive their teachings and healing.
Participants had the opportunity to visit one of Lake Winnipeg's eastern beaches:
Beausejour is a nearby town located in the Rural Municipality of Brokenhead. It is 46 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, just west of the Canadian Shield and Whiteshell Provincial Park. The French name Beauséjour means "beautiful stay".