Elders Conference: virtually connecting through COVID-19

·1 min read

The 22nd annual Elders Gathering will take place virtually for the second year in a row. This event is run by the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI).

Deputy Chief Stacia Loft offers more insight into this conference.

“The goal and the purpose is to create space for elders to meet, but it doesn't mean that their support persons or other individuals from member nations from AIAI can attend. So normally, the audience is elders from our AIAI member nations and their seven member nations. However, because of COVID-19, the AI has decided to expand registration and allow any indigenous other elder who wishes to participate to register.”

Events will be held every Wednesday morning at 10:00 am to noon from July 7, to August 25, 2021.

“The whole purpose of the event is to promote health and wellness. It also provides an opportunity for elders to share their experiences and to network with each other,” shares Deputy Chief Loft.

The conference will offer weekly activities like cooking classes, community roundtables, traditional teachings and teachings from the Creators Garden on traditional healing.

Elder’s community roundtables are used by the AIAI to identify areas of priority, and things they would like to see in the community moving forward.

A schedule of events will be sent to participants once the presenters have been confirmed.

Registration deadline for the event is April 30th, 2021.

Josie Fiegehen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, SaultOnline.com