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Elders and Youth Water Gathering 2015

FIRST NATION LEADERS, ELDERS AND YOUTH GATHER TO DISCUSS TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE AT WATER GATHERING

Over 70 First Nations youth and elders gathered in Sault Ste. Marie in March 2015 to attend the Chiefs of Ontario’s Following in the footsteps of our Ancestors Elders and Youth Water Gathering. Participants discussed the role of First Nations traditional ecological knowledge in protecting the Great Lakes.

The workshop offered First Nation youth the opportunity to connect with Elders and share knowledge and build capacity as leaders. Participants were provided with an overview of the Great Lakes initiatives, including recently announced priorities of Ontario and Canada to restore the Great Lakes ecosystem.

This workshop built on a previous gathering of First Nations youth and Elders held in Six Nations of the Grand River in March 2014. During the previous workshop, First Nations discussed their priorities around Great Lakes protection with representatives from the Province of Ontario.

Following in the footsteps of our Ancestors “Elders and Youth Water Gathering was made possible by support from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

WATCH THE VIDEO

Following in the Footsteps of Our Elders and Ancestors - Water Walk from Chiefs of Ontario on Vimeo.