Join in the opening ceremony of the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights on April 23, 1:30pm, at Stirling Mennonite Church in Kitchener (57 Stirling Avenue North).
Among the distinguished guests presiding over the opening ceremony:
- Myeengun Henry, an elder & Aboriginal Traditional Counselor from Chippewa of the Thames First Nation near London, Ontario will offer a traditional sending ceremony.
- MP Diom Roméo Saganash (Quebec riding of Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou) will bring greetings. Mr. Saganash is the author of the Private Member Bill C262. “An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
- Leah Gazan, lecturer, community leader, activist, policy analyst and teacher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg will address the gathering.
After the opening ceremony, all are invited to accompany the walkers on the first leg of their 600 km journey, which will conclude the day at its first destination of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 810 King St. E, Cambridge.