The Reconciliation Feast held at the Perth Civitan Club on Sept. 15 was a huge success, with a full house.
A delicious meal featuring Indigenous dishes such as local venison stew, Three Sisters soup, sumac tea, and a wild rice dessert, catered, in part, by Algonquin chef Tim Cota was served.
Tim Johnson, acting director of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, followed up the meal with an excellent talk on the theme of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada, illustrated with examples from his own work on community-based reconciliation projects that he has worked on in the Niagara Peninsula.
Traditional Algonquin birch bark canoe builder Chuck Commanda engaged attendees and answered questions about the canoe he built along with community volunteers this summer as part of the project.
Opening and closing the event and generally keeping everyone moving was the talented Algonquin drum group Still Waters, who were also the host drum for the 2017 Silver Lake Pow Wow.
The event wraps up a year of events under the umbrella of The Valley of the Kiji Sibi: Celebrating our Shared Histories and Futures, a year-long reconciliation project in light of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, with the twin goals of community education and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Lanark County.
This event was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Perth and District Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
Traditional birch bark canoe maker Chuck Commanda discussing the canoe.
Guest speaker Tim Johnson
The feast included Three Sisters Soup, venison stew, and wild rice dessert
Still Waters, Algonquin traditional drum group
Shabot Obaadjiwan ambassador and Plenty Canada executive director Larry McDermott, co-organizer of the feast