They will come to a fork in the road. One road will lead to Materialism and Destruction…..for almost all living creatures….The other road will lead to a Spiritual Way upon which the Native People will be standing…This path will lead to the lighting of the 8th fire, a period of eternal peace, harmony and a “New Earth” where the destruction of the past will be healed.” — Anishnabe Prophecy
The 8th Fire Gathering will be three days of inspiring speakers, powerful performances, informative sessions, interactive workshops, and engaging activities.
The focus of The 8th Fire Gathering will include presenting and sharing information on Idle No More, Human Rights Issues, Workers & Union Rights, Aboriginal Treaty Rights, Indigenous Sovereignty and Canadian Sovereignty, the Environment, Community Activism, Progressive Politics, 2015 Federal Vote, and the future of Canada.
The goal of the 8th Fire Gathering is to share knowledge, experience, insights, and information; build relationships and expand networks; and inspire, empower and enable people with the tools and knowledge required to take action and make positive change. Collaboration is the driving force behind the 8th Fire Gathering, individuals and organizations are each an integral part of that powerful dynamic.
The main hall will host plenary sessions with High Profile Keynote Speakers and in the evenings will feature the 8th Fire Gathering Opening Ceremony, Idle No More Teach-In, the 8th Fire Concert, and Aboriginal Comedy Showcase. The three additional spaces will act as breakout rooms, and will host a variety of presentations, workshops, information sessions, panel discussions, focus groups and more. Organizations are invited to offer presentations/sessions which will be placed in room that best suits their focus and anticipated audience. Areas of discussion include:
- Aboriginal Culture & Concerns
- Sovereignty & Politics
- Environment & Building Sustainable Communities
- Worker & Union Rights