4th Spirit Matters: Honouring Indigenous Worlds
Friday August 24 to Sunday 26th, 2012
Friday August 24: In This Present Moment
All gathering events will be on the Fifth Floor at OISE, 252 Bloor Street West (St George Subway). Access to building available from subway. All Friday night events in Community Room
6:00 to 7:00pm Meet, Greet & Register. OISE 5th Floor. Name tags for all participants available. Refreshments. Schedule on Wall. Altar pieces, give-aways, images of ancestors and resource materials can be dropped off. Drums and other instruments to Community Room (CR).
6:30 to 7:00pm Heartbeat of Sound (Larry Nusbaum and friends)
7:00 to 7:30pm Opening; When, Where and Who are gathered here.
Welcome and Intro Video (Ed O’Sullivan and Eimear O’Neill)
7:30 to 8:00 pm Invocation of Spirit and the Ancestors; Ritual and Ceremony to celebrate our being together. (Diane Longboat Six Nations, with Mayan Elders Apolinaro Chile Pixton, Eduardo Gomez and other indigenous elders)
8 to 9:30 pm Honouring Indigenous Worlds: Visionary Learning Under the Fifth Sun (Indigenous Elders begin the Conversation)
9:30 pm Gathering of Waters with Drumming by Soul of the Mother Six Nations
Saturday August 25, 2012: Becoming a Learning Community
8:30 to 9am Heartbeat of Sound (Larry Nusbaum and friends) (Smudge at door) (CR)
9:00 to 10.15am Brief Invocation honouring our shared African source (Belvie Rooks, Adegboyega Najeem Hammed and Njoki Wane). Community invocation brings each voice in with their ancestors. (CR)
10:15 to 10:30am Break after brief intro to Circles (CR)
10:30 to 12 noon Theme Circles: Core Actions and Challenges (Themes on Each Room)
12 to 1:30 p.m Catered Lunch and Conversations (Feast Room)
1:30 to 3:15pm Conversation Cafes: Community resourcing of projects and visions (Multiple facilitators and rooms)
3:15 to 3:30pm Break and Embodied Movement
3:30 to 5:00pm Occupying Our Destinies; Stepping into Our Collective Future (CR)
5:00 to 6:00pm Break. Opportunity for outside reverence walk, chats.
6:00 to 7.30pm Catered Evening Meal and Conversations (FR)
7:30 to 11pm OPEN Mike Soirée: Joyous Celebration, Music, Poetry and more.
Please list by 6pm if you have an offering. (CR)
Sunday August 26, 2012L Taking Our Place in This Time
All Sunday events will be in the Community Room until we go outside together.
9:30 to 10:00am Smudge at door; Creative initatives (“Symbiosis” in CR, Videos and art from Turtle Island, Africa, Hawaii, Ireland and around the planet)
10:00 to 10:15am Opening Invocation and Ritual
(Diane Longboat, Apolanaro Chile Pixton and Eduardo Gomez)
10:15 to 11:15am The Fifth Sun: Moving Forward with Vision, Passion and Spirit
(Four Arrows, Belvie Rooks, Eimear O’Neill and Ed O’Sullivan)
11:15 to 11:30am Break and Movement
11:30 to 1:00pm Full Assembly: Personal Commitments for 2012 and Beyond
Final Celebratory Event and Ending Ritual