Coming Together as One: #Couch8thFire Navigating the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada

Coming Together as One: Navigating the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada

One of the Indigenous prophecies, the 8th Fire, speaks of an era of building a new relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians. Many believe we are living in this era. 2013 marks the 250th anniversary of the 1763 Royal Proclamation that affirmed indigenous rights to land and self-government. In 2013, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will release its report and recommendations on the Indian Residential Schools and hopes to “guide and inspire Aboriginal peoples and Canadians in a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships that are based on mutual understanding and respect.”  Already this year, the Federal and Supreme Courts have made landmark decisions: one recognizing Métis and non-status Indians as “ Indians” and the other that the Federal Government failed in meeting its land obligations to the Métis People of Manitoba as part of the Red River Settlement of 1870.

The 2013 Couchiching Conference is a unique forum for open, non-partisan discussion about the significant historical and contemporary issues that affect the relations of Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Canadians. The conference is organized in the spirit of the 8th Fire. It will explore, under different frames (constitutional, social justice, economic, environmental, etc.), how we can move forward to create a just and mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada.

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Ice Sentry by Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette is one of Canadaʼs premiere First Nations/Métis  artists, known for his bright colours, strong lines and for sharing new ways of looking at age-old experiences and beliefs. Based in Alberta, Aaron is also a writer and presenter. He will be participating as a speaker on Truth and Reconciliation, at the 2013 Couchiching Summer Conference. You can find out more about Aaron and view his work at



Looking forward to joining in the conversation at #Couch8thFire! 🙂


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. islandrain2013
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 07:53:22

    How did the Conference evolve? I am very happy to hear this news! I wish that the US would follow suit! In the love and spirit of Rainbow Warriors, may the work of reconciliation continue. Peace in the journey.


    • Clear Wind Blows Over the Moon
      Sep 21, 2013 @ 11:44:53

      Thanks for asking. I do plan to blog about it as it is too much to write in a few lines but it addressed some tough topics and there were many great panel speakers… but we needed more discussion after the sessions (there was lots one on one but I mean with a larger audience).

      I met amazing people and made good connections. Very encouraging conference!

      Please watch for my post on this.

      Take care


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