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Atikameksheng Anishinabek annual gathering back July 23-24

Everyone invited to celebrate the 35th Annual Jiingtamok at the Sacred Grounds all weekend, with community events in the week leading up to the lighting of the sacred fire and sunrise ceremony on July 21
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After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek is bringing back its annual gathering in a big way. 

The 35th Annual Jiingtamok will take place from July 23 to July 24, with the lighting of the sacred fire and Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday, July 21 at 6 a.m. Everyone is invited to come celebrate at the Sacred Grounds all weekend.

This year’s theme is “Coming Together Again,” a sentiment that resonates throughout Atikameksheng’s membership and the event organizers, said a release from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. 

“Gathering and being connected with one another is central to ceremony,” said Dennis Cropper, lead co-ordinator. “The annual gathering allows us to honour one another. Participating in ceremony such as our annual jiintamok strengthens our inherent rights as Indigenous peoples.” 

The Annual Gathering will feature MC Stephanie Pangowish, host drum by Black Bull Moose, head dancers AJ Elliott, Rebecca Gonawabi, Theo Gonawabi and Aiyanna Gonawabi, with special guest, Indigenous social media influencer, Sherry McKay. 

Special community events are planned in the week leading up to the Grand Entry, which happens at noon on July 23, with the community feast to follow at 5 pm. The second Grand Entry at 6 p.m. will lead up to the specials at 9:20 p.m. with fireworks to follow. 

On Sunday, Grand Entry begins again at 12 p.m., with the giveaway at 4:30 p.m.

All are welcome to experience this celebration. Admission is free and attendees must refrain from bringing any drugs, alcohol, or pets.

“Our nation has always been resilient, we have proven that once again throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and I thank all of our band membership for committing to work together to persevere through these past few years,” said Cropper in the release. “Now it’s time to come together to celebrate and honour our resiliency. On behalf of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, I welcome our guests from near and far to come celebrate our rich and beautiful culture with us. Come dance and celebrate with us. MIigwetch.”

For more information, visit the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek website, found here

For sponsorship or vendor opportunities, please contact Dennis Cropper at office.manager@wlfn.com or 705-690-1867.