Hillside Summer Festival 2016

July 22 – 24

Aboriginal Circle

SACRED FIRE

Opening Ceremony  Friday 7 pm

Closing Ceremony   Sunday 7 pm

Sacred Fire Circle

For centuries, people have gathered around Sacred Fires to pray into tobacco, one of the four sacred medicines of Anishnaabe Peoples. The smoke from the Sacred Fire carries their prayers to the Creator. All are welcome to visit.

Absolutely no alcohol or drugs are allowed, since this is sacred space. Please visit when you are sober. Chi miigwetch!

EARTH WARRIOR YOGA 
Alisha Cino 
Sat 11 AM  Sacred Fire Circle

Participants will honour Mother Earth by connecting to the four directions, four elements, and their own unique spirits in mindfulness, meditation, and movement as a form of inspiring them to become Earth Warriors. Share the joy of spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental unity.

FLINT KNAPPING
Al Potma
Sat Noon  Sun Noon  Canopy

Learn the art of creating stone points and tools using basic, traditional materials including Arkansas chert. Participants will learn history associated with this important First Nations’ survival skill and will attempt to create an arrowhead. Due to the nature of the experience, this activity is limited to children seven years and older, accompanied by an adult with a maximum of six hands-on spaces. Others are welcome to observe. Please register at the Aboriginal Circle.

WALKING WITH THE SEVEN GRANDFATHERS
Bruce Weaver
Sat 1 PM Tipi

The Seven Grandfather Teachings can guide us well in our lives. Bruce will offer personal stories and teachings that he has gathered across Turtle Island relating to the Anishnaabe Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers of humility, honesty, courage, respect, love, wisdom, and truth. Participants will be offered an opportunity to begin their own collection with a Grandfather stone.

ME’TIS FINGER WEAVING
Jennifer Parkinson
Sat 1 PM  Sun 2 PM  Canopy outside Tipi

Participants in this Circle will learn basic Me’tis Finger Weaving. Finger weaving pre-dates the modern loom. Women originally made the Me’tis Sash with finger-weaving techniques. Participants will learn the significance of the Me’tis Sash while they engage in basic weaving to create their own bracelet. Limited to 12 participants, and those under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please register at the Aboriginal Circle.

THE POWER OF WORDS
Kip Carpenter
Sat 2 PM  Tipi

Kip Carpenter, an ally and spiritual brother, will offer a Sharing Circle to draw upon personal experiences, expressing emotions and/or spirituality using written, spoken, and other creative work. Participants will be welcome to explore and share ways of word expression they use in connecting the heart, body, mind, and spirit. Paper and writing utensils will be available but please do bring personal journals and other inspirations.

WOMEN’S DRUM CIRCLE
Jan Sherman and Jennifer Parkinson
Sat 3 PM  Sacred Fire Circle

Members of Wiiji Numgumook Kwe, the Guelph Women’s Drum Circle, will welcome all women to join them in raising their voices in thanksgiving and celebration. Grandmothers (Drums) are provided. No experience necessary.

COMMUNITY CRAFT AND CHAT
Joanne Raymond and Jennifer Parkinson
Sat 4 PM   Canopy outside Tipi

Come out and make a memento of the weekend. Participants will be invited to create a beaded bracelet or butterfly clip during this leisurely community craft and chat. Joanne and Jennifer will be happy to chat about First Nations, Me’tis, and Inuit culture, and practices during this information gathering.

COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE
Sat 5 PM  Sun 6 PM  Sacred Fire Circle

Raise your voices, and help create a balance of energies with drummers of all ages at the Sacred Fire! Everyone is welcome.

SUNRISE CEREMONY
Sun 6 AM  Sacred Fire Circle

Grandmothers from the Aboriginal Circle invite everyone who is camping on the island to join them for a ceremony to welcome the day and to set the intention for creation of another amazing Hillside memory. Please arrive at the Sacred Fire Circle by 6 am.

SEVEN GRANDFATHERS CHILDREN’S CIRCLE
Alisha Cino and Jan Sherman
Sun 11 AM  Sacred Fire Circle

Children will be engaged in traditional storytelling about the gifting of the Seven Grandfathers (love, respect, honesty, humility, courage, truth, and wisdom) to human beings, and “stepping into the skins of the animal teachers” who carry these Teachings in yoga poses. Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION CIRCLE
Sun 1 PM  Sacred Fire Circle

Members of the Aboriginal Circle welcome everyone to join them in a Sharing Circle to reflect on what reconciliation means to them, and how each one of us has a responsibility to find ourselves within the Calls to Action under the Truth and Reconciliation Report in order to help make change.

RAISING CHILDREN OF MIXED ANCESTRY WITH INTENTION
Jes Smith
Sun 2 PM  Tipi

This Sharing Circle will explore creative ways that parents of differing ancestral heritage can raise their children to be proud of who they are, and to celebrate all of their ancestors. If you care about how to live inclusively, and with acceptance, you will want to be a part of this Circle. Children are welcome; the Circle would not be complete without them.

CULTIVATING A GOOD MIND WHILE HEALING A LOVING HEART
Jan Sherman
Sun 3 PM  Tipi

Drawing on the wisdom of Anishnaabe ancestors relating to heart and mind always working in partnership, Jan will explore traditional teachings on the Rule of Opposites, and how our choices impact our ability to come together as one heart, one mind.  Participants will create a Heart Bundle to hold special items that reflect their unique way of being with this wisdom. This Circle is limited to 12 teen or adult participants. Please register at the Aboriginal Circle.

DISPUTE SETTLEMENT:  GETTING BACK TO COMMUNITY
Joanne Raymond
Sun 4 PM  Tipi

As we move away from a community-based mindset, we move away from community-based dispute settlements. Conflict has become combative and competitive. Movements toward reviving other methods of dispute resolution have begun. Join Joanne and talk about other methods that are available, and how our awareness can bring us back to community-based methods such as Talking Circles and mediation.