An invitation

  • Jun. 6, 2014 5:00 a.m.

You are cordially invited to an educational presentation put together by the participants of ‘Bill C-31: A circle for Skidegate women impacted by the Indian Act and related trauma’ on Friday, June 20, at 6:00 pm, at the Haida Heritage Centre.The presentation will be an opportunity for us to share with our community the personal impacts of one aspect of the Indian Act: that which regulated the loss of status when a woman married a ‘non-Indian’, denied status to her offspring if their father was non-status or if no father was proclaimed. It will additionally celebrate the strengths acquired from the resulting experiences.The presentation will highlight the closure of the specific journey we undertook, as the circle is coming to an end. After three years of arduous healing work, it will provide us the opportunity to find our voice to assert – or reassert – our claim as full members of our community – according to our matrilineal tradition.The last chapter of our journey was focused on creating our own ceremonial blankets. For the great majority of us this will be very significant as it will be the first time we will have our own blanket. Part of the celebration will be to dance our ceremonial blankets alive.Traditional Haida finger food and dessert will be provided.The circle would be honored by your presence as a witness.

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