Elders Gathering will return to Tradex

Tsawwassen First Nation and Stó:lo Communities are hosting the 36th annual Elders Gathering on July 10-12 at Tradex in Abbotsford.

Tsawwassen First Nation and Stó:lo Communities are hosting the 36th annual Elders Gathering on  July 10-12 at Tradex in Abbotsford.

The theme is “Letsemót” One Heart, One Mind, One Family.

There will also be traditional food and ceremonies at the Semath Long House during the three day event.

After a successful 35th annual event, which had more than 1,500 participates per day and an opening ceremony of 3,000 guests, the Stó:lo people have partnered with Tsawwassen First Nation to host the 2012 gathering.

This year’s King and Queen have already been chosen. Queen “Ya Yuts Kii Ya” (Audrey Kelly) and King “Mi:mel Spath” (Roger Andrews) are from Shxw’ow’hamel Indian Band.

The Elders Gathering takes place and each year in B.C. and hosted by different First Nation communities.

The purpose of gathering is for Elders to come together and take their rightful place as advisors, teachers, and leaders. Many Elders are involved and work at the community level throughout the year. They participate at meetings, workshops and various events to support youth, education committees and  band councils. The gatherings are a time to socialize and celebrate their accomplishments as well as regenerate themselves for future work.

For information visit 36theldersgathering.com.

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