16TH ANNUAL KEEPING THE FIRES BURNING
Working Together for Reconciliation and Mino Bimaadiziiwin: The Good Life
THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
375 York Avenue • Winnipeg, MB
Grand Entry: 5:30PM
Call Planners Plus: 204.257.5205
CO-EMCEES: Michael Champagne & Rebecca Chartrand
ABORIGINAL COUNCIL OF WINNIPEG:
ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA CHIEFS:
Mary Lydia Malcolm
KA NI KANICHIHK:
MA MAWI WI CHI ITATA CENTRE:
MANITOBA KEEWATINOWI OKIMAKANAK:
MANITOBA METIS FEDERATION:
MANITOBA MOON VOICES:
SOUTHERN CHIEFS' ORGANIZATION:
OSCAR LATHLIN MEMORIAL AWARD:
On June 22, 2017, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. will host its 16th Annual Keeping the Fires Burning — now one of Manitoba’s largest Indigenous events, which brings together 700-800 Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to honour and celebrate Manitoba’s diverse and dynamic Indigenous cultures.
In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report entitled, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, which calls upon all Canadian institutions and citizens to embrace its Calls to Action in support of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Indeed, our 2017 event’s theme — Working Together for Reconciliation and Mino Bimaadiziiwin: The Good Life — represents the significant work that we have accomplished together to rebuild our communities and restore wellness and prosperity in our Nations. It also emphasizes Ka Ni Kanichihk’s commitment to reclaim Indigenous Traditional Knowledge as the foundation by which to achieve reconciliation.
Over the past 15 years, Ka Ni Kanichihk has honoured 113 First Nations, Metis and Inuit Grandmothers and Grandfathers — all of whom have made a significant contribution to the advancement of Indigenous peoples, and, indeed, the safeguarding, nurturing and transmission of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge.
Collectively, our Elders are the holders of our histories — the keepers of our Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. It is by way of their remembering and sharing that we will retrace our steps back to knowing who we are as peoples. Today, these vibrant cultures also serve as important catalysts, not only for transforming the lives of Indigenous peoples, but also for bringing together all people in a spirit of unity, sharing and greater understanding.
On June 22, 2017, another nine special individuals — all Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Keepers who have each been selected by one of Manitoba’s Indigenous Representative Organizations, including the Manitoba Metis Federation; Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs; Southern Chiefs’ Organization; Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak; Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg; Manitoba Moon Voices; Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre; and Ka Ni Kanichihk — will be inducted into the circle.