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Indigenous Elders in Edmonton for summit


Chris Stewart
APTN National News

More than 4,000 First Nation, Inuit and Metis elders are in Edmonton this week to collaborate, teach, and learn about issues including climate change, reconciliation and missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Monday marked the beginning of the four-day event that included a grand entry with chiefs, Treaty chiefs, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and the elders.

Julia Cockney travelled from Tuktoyaktuk.

“I’m so proud they finally recognized elders. to be recognized,” she said. “Maybe it’s a start of some sort.”

Edmonton’s Expo Centre was overflowing to watch the grand entry.

“It’s really about us coming together to learn to share,” said Audrey Poitras, president of the Metis Nation of Alberta.

“To understand each other and to really promote what we need to do as indigenous people to understand each other. teaching our young people. sharing with the world.”


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2 Responses to “Indigenous Elders in Edmonton for summit”

    Robert Kakakaway September 16, 2017 at 5:17 am #

    This was a good gathering of Elders. However, there were too many Elders for everyone to be heard considering the first day was devoted to dignitaries welcoming the delegates. We only needed to hear one welcome speech. I would’ve liked to have heard more from grassroots Elders. There were just too many guests in too short a time frame for any productive work to be done. But, it was a good time to meet up with family and friends.

    Jill Clause September 11, 2017 at 11:01 pm #


    I’m so looking forward to the reprecussions of this gathering. I’m certain the World is waiting to hear from our PEOPLE’S.
    We have much work to do.

    Many Blessings on the Elders. May the Mother Earth, Sacred Waters, and all our relations finally receive the respect and Gratefulness we owe, and they have pity on humanity.