Indigenous Life Festival 2018

August 24 - 28, 2018 | Blue Mountain Village, Collingwood

ILF 2018

Blue Mountain Village came alive in celebration of the history, science and culture of the First Peoples of Canada.  Visitors to the event got to experience an Indigenous Awareness panel discussion, drummers, dancers, Indigenous films and documentaries, games, tipis and Aboriginal shelters.

This one-of-a-kind festival was jam packed with award winning entertainment, workshops, fun activities and crafts for all to make and take away. Delicious contemporary cuisine was cooked up by returning celebrity Ojibway Chef Zach Keeshig making it an exciting event – and tasty too!

The event also featured live music performances by Midnight Shine, Digging Roots and Amanda Rheaume.

Other events included:

  • Cooking with Zach Keeshig
  • Smudge Ceremonies
  • Ancient Tales through Storytelling
  • Elephant Thoughts
  • Indigenous 101

Interactive Activities and Film Series

Panel Discussion at the
Collingwood Shipyards Amphitheatre

Engage in a discussion on Indigenous awareness with esteemed guests Award winning actor/ producer Jennifer Podemski, Prime Ministers Youth Council member Riley Yesno, and Ojibway elder and Knowledge Keeper Glenn Trivett. Moderated by Michael McLuhan.

Ojibway Interactive Drumming 

Ojibway Interactive Drumming led by Glenn Trivett, Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper.

Indigenous Craft Station

Make your own medicine pouch, medicine wheel, or bracelet and learn about Sacred Medicines of the Anishinaabe people. By donation.

Sweatlodge Teachings with Robin O’Toole

Experience a genuine Sweatlodge and learn about the Healing properties of the Sweatlodge ceremony in this activation at the Mill Pond Rest Stop (across from The North Face Store). The sweat lodge is a meditative sauna, where water is applied to heated rocks to create steam in a pitch black environment. This is designed to reduce a person physically and mentally in order to enhance their emotional and spiritual states. A specially trained conductor leads participants through prayer, instruction and song, calling on the wisdom of the Creator, Mother Earth and the ancestors to help each person on their path of growth. 

Indigenous 150+ Film Series

Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series, dedicated to putting Indigenous voices centre stage and is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action.  This series is presented in partnership with M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre, Good Influence Films, and the Blue Mountain Village Association, with support from Community Foundation Grey Bruce.

Cooking Demonstration with Chef Zach Keeshig

Learn a traditionally prepared dish made from locally sourced and foraged ingredients from Celebrity Chef and Presenter, Zach Keeshig. He’ll be preparing a pear, wild sumac, cedar and wild ginger sorbet with a bannok doughnut.

Circles for Reconciliation

The aim of Circles for Reconciliation is to establish trusting, meaningful relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples as part of the 94 Calls to Action from the TRC. Listen to the conversation of this inaugural gathering at the Festival.

Broken Circle Presentation
From the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers this 11/2 hour interactive workshop engages participants to experience the shared history and perspectives of Indigenous peoples through role-playing.

Sacred Run

The tradition of the Sacred Run involved sending a message, news or information from one community to another. Most often a single runner was sent, however when the distances were very great, several “pure men” might run a form of relay race. Today the restrictions have been lifted about who may participate in the run and anyone may take part, including non-Native people. Runners will begin in a sunrise ceremony at Neyaashiinigmiing (Chippewas of Nawash First Nation) on the Bruce Peninsula and arrive in the Blue Mountain Village on Saturday night after running 150km’s in a relay along Georgian Bay. Runners include Michael Johnston, Chief Greg Nadjiwon, Saugeen Ojibway Youth, Nick Brindisi and other members of The Georgian Triangle Running Club. Please join us in welcoming everyone to the village in a ceremony on Saturday night!

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