Hillside Festival 2019
July 12 – 14
Opening Ceremony Friday 7 pm
Closing Ceremony Sunday 7 pm
For centuries, people have gathered around Sacred Fires to pray into tobacco, one of the four sacred medicines of Anishinaabek. The smoke from the Sacred Fire carries their prayers to the Creator. All are welcome to visit.
Absolutely no alcohol or drugs are allowed- this is sacred space. Please visit when you are sober. Chi miigwetch!
Sat 11 AM (children 7 years and up with an adult) Sun 11 AM (adults only) 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. Maximum of six hands-on participants; others are welcome to observe. Please register at the Indigenous Circle.
EARTH WARRIOR YOGA
Sat 11 AM Sun 11 AM Sacred Fire
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.
THIRTEEN MOONS ON TURTLE'S BACK
Sat 1 PM Tipi
Jan will guide you on a journey among the stars to create a special full moon of your own. Story, song, and sharing will be part of your journey. Children up to 12 with an adult. Maximum 15 children. Please register at the Indigenous Circle.
MÉTIS DOT ART
Sat 1 PM Sun 11 AM Canopy
This art form is based on work by Métis visual artist Christi Belcourt, who transferred the style of Métis beadwork to canvas. Participants will be invited to create a personal design on a Grandfather (rock). Children under 7 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum 15 participants. Register at the Indigenous Circle.
WOMEN’S DRUM CIRCLE
Sat 1 PM Sacred Fire
Members of Wiiji Numgumook Kwe, a Guelph women’s drum circle, welcome all women to join them in raising their voices in thanksgiving and celebration. Grandmothers (Drums) are provided. No experience necessary.
INDIGENOUS FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
Joanne Raymond and Carol Tyler
Sat 3 PM Tipi
A question and reflection circle about "agency", ancestral seed, recipes, and spirit plate, ceremonies and climate change, and eight local opportunities that nurture the family experience.
KAIROS BLANKET EXERCISE REFLECTIONS
Sat 5 PM Tipi
Bruce has offered many KAIROS Blanket Exercises for a wide variety of groups as part of their movement toward reconciliation. Bruce will share some of these experiences with the intention to discuss how they may be more responsive to folks in this area.
Sun 6 AM Sacred Fire
Grandmothers from the Indigenous Circle invite everyone camping on the island to join them for a ceremony to welcome the day and to set the intention for another wonderful Hillside experience. Please arrive at the Sacred Fire by 6 AM.
Sun 11 AM Tipi
A playful family sharing circle with our relations and our first teachers, the four-leggeds, swimmers, fliers, and crawlers.
MÉTIS HISTORY AND WISDOM
Sun 1 PM Tipi
Our Métis brothers and sisters are often overlooked in many political venues. They carry a powerful history and culture on Turtle Island (North America). Jennifer will share their story in relation to truth and reconciliation in Canada.
POLISHING THE COVENANT CHAIN
Sun 1 PM Canopy
Come and hear the story of The Covenant Chain agreement between the Crown and the Haudenosaunee. Reflect on what this might look like as a part of reconciliation.
THE GREAT MYSTERY CIRCLE
Sun 3 PM Canopy
Have you ever wondered what four things you need to have- your favourite food, movie, toy, or computer game? Join Jan to solve the mystery. Children will create their own Great Mystery Circle. Children up to 12 with an adult. Maximum 15 children. Register at the Indigenous Circle.
ARE YOU A GUEST OR A TRESPASSER?
Sun 3 PM Tipi
Land acknowledgment has become a buzz word since the Truth and Reconciliation report was released. Let's talk about what it really means and how to act on it in a good way.
COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE
Sun 6 PM Sacred Fire
Raise your voices, and help create a balance of energies with drummers of all ages at the Sacred Fire before we close for the weekend. Everyone is welcome!