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Journey of Reconciliation Conference takes place at MHC next week

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Journey of Reconciliation Conference goes February 14-17 at the Medicine Hat College.


This four-day conference is intended to engage participants in a collective journey of reconciliation. Through community ceremony, collective sharing, engagement and hands-on teachings, participants will be invited to walk a path together in learning about our shared history and what our roles are and can be in reconciliation.
Hosted in partnership by Medicine Hat College, Rotary of Medicine Hat & District, Miywasin Friendship Centre and The Blood Tribe Department of Health Inc., this conference is offered FREE of charge.
Participants are welcome to attend the entire conference or select sessions and/or activities. Registration is only required for the Sacred Fire lunch (Feb. 14) and conference sessions (Feb. 16).
ACTIVITIES
SACRED FIRE
Feb 14 / 9AM - 3PM / Saamis Tepee & MHC Crowfoot Room
Please join us for the start of our Journey of Reconciliation at the Saamis Tepee site. The Sacred Fire is a ceremony in which Elders and Knowledge Keepers honor the beginning of the Journey to Reconciliation Conference. All community members are invited to attend the Scared Fire and engage in a community pipe ceremony host by Blackfoot Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Protocol and traditional teachings will be shared throughout from the Elders as well there will be a guest drum group from the Cree Nation. We also encourage people to come and just watch too!
After the Sacred Fire Ceremony is complete, we will gather back at Medicine Hat College in the Crowfoot Room for a light lunch and more teachings from our Elders. This event is open to all community members. Registration is required for the lunch.
RED TALKS
Feb. 14:6-9 p.m. / Eresman Theatre, MHC
Join in the journey of reconciliation through oral sharing! This evening will be filled with inspiration, innovative thinking and powerful talks in Indigenous knowledge as three speakers from different Nations and walks of life share their Red Talk:
•    Denise Henning  - Walking in Two Worlds
•    Brenda Mercer – My Journey of Resilience
•    Charles Wood – Truth and Reconciliation
This is an opportunity for community members to come and be engaged in the stories, truths and realities of these honored guests. No registration is required. This event is open to all community members.
RED DRESS PROJECT
Feb. 15: 1- 4 p.m. / Centennial Hall, MHC
Come gather together under a sea of red dresses to honor and bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Woman of Canada. Join us as we share and engage in acknowledging this aesthetic response to the more than 500 missing and murdered Indigenous woman. Drawing attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Indigenous women the installation seeks to evoke a presence through the marking of absence.
BLANKET EXERCISE AND ROUND DANCE
Feb. 17: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Cafeteria, MHC
We are honored to facilitate the KAIROS Blanket Exercise for all community members! The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. This exercise will immerse participants in different areas of learning of our shared history as well as the truths that were never shared. This community exercise will provide opportunities to be an active participant or to learn from watching/listening. For a visual of the Blanket Exercise, please follow the link provided. (https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/)
After the Blanket Exercise, please join us for the celebration of friendship and new beginnings through a Round Dance! All community members are encouraged to come and join in the Cree Nation’s traditional dance of honoring those before us and the new path of reconciliation.
To register: https://www.mhc.ab.ca/AboutMHC/CampusAmenities/Event-Calendar/Events/ReconciliationConference/IACregistration

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