Time: May 30, 2011 to June 5, 2011
Location: 10001 Fountain Valley Road , Fountain, British Columbia
Street: 30 Minutes From Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada
Website or Map: http://www.iilg.ca/the-gather…
Event Type: international, indigenous, leaders, gathering
Organized By: Jackie Andrew
Latest Activity: May 9, 2011
The St’át’imc Chiefs’ Council (SCC) will once again oversee the Third Annual International Indigenous Leadership Gathering in Xaxl’ip, St’át’imc Territory from May 30th to June 5th, 2011 (at 10001 Fountain Valley Road, Fountain, B.C., 30 minutes from Lillooet. B.C., Canada).
This International Indigenous Gathering is free and takes place in an Outdoor Arbour. All are welcome from across Mother Earth. Meals are provided (please bring your own plates, cutlery & cooking gear).
People, from all over camp, gather throughout the days to share messages, witness and partake in scheduled discussions and ceremonies by various Indigenous speakers from around the world and locally.
The theme of theme of the gathering is “Protecting the Sacred”. The Gathering has brought together elders, ceremony keepers, and mandated leaders from the four directions including: Asia, Africa, the America’s (including the Arctic), Australia, and the South Pacific to discuss issues of common concern, based on territory, as well as visions for honouring the shared responsibilities.
http://www.iilg.ca/the-gathering/agenda The four critical issues to be addressed at the gathering include:
1) Sacred Knowledge- Embracing the guidance of our ancestors and elders, to live in balance.
2) Sacred Lands- Respecting the rhythms and warnings of Mother Earth to choose wisely.
3) Sacred Children- Nurturing the young ones, both near and far.
4) Sacred Generations- providing for future generations, the grandchildren and for all humanity.
Addressing such topics in their proper cultural context will provide a breakthrough for Indigenous Peoples internationally. It offers protection for the children and grounding for the youth, at a time when meaningful initiatives for tackling the root causes of culture loss are scarce. There will be relevant guidance from recognized spiritual authorities instead of further outside ‘expert’ prescriptions. Indigenous Peoples themselves will address the pressing global issues at which their Peoples now find themselves the centre of – for example, climate change.
The Sacred Fires have been lit. In August 2008 tobacco was delivered to Chief Arvol Looking Horse (Lakota), 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, to formalize his invitation. Chief Arvol Looking Horse and many other elders have spoken at the 1st and 2nd IILG and Chief Looking Horse will also be returning to speak on May 30, 2011.
The St’át’imc Chiefs’ Council raises our hands to you in gratitude for your continued support for this unique gathering based on vision. We would also like to take this time to officially invite you to our gathering (that is open to all people, world-wide). Please note that if you provide a financial donation, the St’át’imc Chiefs’ Council will also provide you or your organization with a charitable society address number for Canadian taxation purposes. Please make a cheque or money order to: the Ucwalmicw Centre Society, P.O. Box 152, 10 Paul Street, Lillooet, B.C. V0K 1V0, Canada.
Telephone 1(250) 256 – 0101, Fax 1 (250) 256 – 0247.
If you require any further information, would like to volunteer, or donate funds or food, please contact Darrell Bob, portfolio holder on behalf of the St’át’imc Chiefs’ Council at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also contact the IILG Coordinator, Jackie Andrew at email@example.com at (250) 256-7523. No drugs & Alcohol are Permitted.