On behalf of the 2017 Canada Summer Games, our official Co-Hosts, and the Canada Games Council, please join us for the Centennial Torch Lighting Ceremony!
The Centennial Torch has stood for 50 years, since its debut for the Pan American Games in 1967. The lighting of the torch presents a special opportunity for the Host Society and Co-Hosts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games and honour the lands and waters the Games will be held upon.
The ceremony is part of a full day of Indigenous cultural ceremonies:
– Elders and Grandmothers will perform a pipe ceremony, a water song, and a closing prayer to bring awareness and to protect and honour our lands and waters where the Games will take place.
– Four torches will be lit from a sacred fire and four water vessels will be filled at a water ceremony at Manitou Api before making their way to Winnipeg to light the Centennial Torch on Memorial Blvd.
– The Elders and Grandmothers will also conduct a special ceremony inside the Legislative Buildings to reignite the spirit of the building and reconnect the building with the land it stands on.