“Atamiskākēwak 2018 is the bringing together of all people in a week of experiences, education, understanding and fun, bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples! This will be a week that has something for everyone; no matter the age, demographic or knowledge level, all coming together and “Shaking Hands in Greeting with each Other”.
Converging Pathways and Indigenous Pathways are partnering on a shared initiative with the City of Moose Jaw to host a National Gathering. The Atamiskākēwak Gathering will bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples together throughout Saskatchewan and abroad to educate how we all can take intentional action to the Truth and Reconciliation’s 94 Calls to Action in this country. Our nation has an ever- increasing population of Indigenous people and we need to move forward together, understanding and bridging the gap that exists between the two cultures. It is an opportunity to experience the Indigenous culture and engage in conversations on a pathway forward that will provide understanding and long term systemic change by building trusting relationships going forward. It will be a week of education, cultural understanding and training, addressing the present complexities that exist in this country with regards to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. It will be a week of quickening hearts to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commissions ’94 Calls to Action’ and building relationships for people of all ages.
What to expect
The week will consist of national and international attendance on the “how” to build right relationships on the journey of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It will be “how” do we apply and act on the ‘94 Calls to Action’ in today’s reality.
We will have education from speakers from across the country on all of the following areas: Child Welfare, Education, Language and Culture, Health, Justice, Professional Development and Training for Public Servants, Church Education for Reconciliation, Youth Programs/Sports and Reconciliation, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), Business and Reconciliation, as well as interactive events such as; Takoza Tipi Camp and Cultural teachings, Treaty 4 National Tipi Display, Indigenous Artisan Fair with over 100 artisans featured throughout the week, Atamiskākēwak Competition Pow Wow, Lacrosse tournament, opening and closing ceremony with sponsorships gala event, Robb Nash, Indigenous entertainment and art display, Elders teachings, MMIWG display, cultural teachings and so much more throughout the week...
When the week has wrapped up our hope is that no one in the city of Moose Jaw on Treaty Four Territory, from around the province, or from around the globe who attend can say that there wasn’t something for them to take in or learn from. This first of its kind event is launching in the Friendly City to show the world that that we all must come together and unite and that ReconciliACTION is the only path forward. We must recognize where we have come from in order to move forward together and ensure that we don’t make the same mistakes that were made in the past; moving us from Western and Indigenous culture…from this side and that side to “US” and making sure we have a brighter tomorrow for our children and grandchildren, our future leaders!”