Downtown Ignites a Sacred Fire in Honour of Assembly of First Nations Conference: Dec. 8

 
 

MEDIA RELEASE
December 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DOWNTOWN IGNITES A SACRED FIRE IN HONOUR OF ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS CONFERENCE: DEC. 8

Downtown Winnipeg – A sacred fire will be lit on December 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the beginning of what will be a full-day of ceremonies in honour of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly.

What: Sacred Fire in honour of AFN Special Chiefs Assembly

When: Dec 8 to 11 (Pipe ceremony and lighting of Sacred Fire on Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m.)

Where: Site of former Carlton Inn (St. Mary & Carlton)

“Prayers and intentions are offered through the fire with an offering of tobacco into the fire,” says Lisa Meeches, Executive Director of Manito Ahbee. “The sacred fire welcomes all to come and join and be a part of the ceremonies.”

Kevin Settee, an Ojibway Cree youth from Matheson Island and University of Winnipeg student, will be the Fire Keeper and Pipe Carrier of the Sacred Fire. Kevin, along with other student volunteers and members of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will keep the fire burning 24 hours a day, until the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly concludes on Dec. 11.

“We encourage all people to come and be part of this intercultural exchange,” says Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “We are proud to partner with Manito Ahbee and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) on this important initiative, as a way to welcome over 3,000 delegates of the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly to downtown Winnipeg.”

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For more information:

Jason Syvixay
Managing Director
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
204-958-4635
jason@downtownwinnipegbiz.com

Janell Melenchuk
Marketing Manager & Gala Coordinator
Manito Ahbee Festival
204-989-0119
janell@manitoahbee.com

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