We invite all Ryerson students, faculty and staff and the general public to join us to mark the spring equinox on Thursday, March 18. Elder Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire will lead a talk on the significance of the changing seasons, the importance of traditional medicines and how to feast our sacred items.
The spring equinox (which will take place on Sunday, March 20) marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Joanne will share with participants:
the importance and significance of the spring equinox as a time for change, growth and renewal
the practice of honouring and feasting sacred items
For Indigenous community members, this event aims to empower you to learn more about traditional ceremonies. Joanne will guide you through the practice of feasting your sacred items on your own as we are unable to gather because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For non-Indigenous community members, this is an opportunity for you to gather with Indigenous and non-Indigenous peers in the spirit of learning and respect. Joanne will aim to increase your awareness and understanding of traditional and sacred Indigenous practices.
This event is being organized by the Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) and Aboriginal Education Council.
What is a sacred items feast?
A sacred items feast is the time to honour the gifts we carry, like traditional items such as drums, feathers, shakers and drums bundles of medicines as well as any items that you feel are sacred to you.
Smudge kits will be mailed to the first 20 Aboriginal students who register
The first 20 Aboriginal students from Ryerson who register by March 1st will receive a smudge kit
Elder Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire
Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire is Elder (Ke Shay Hayo) and Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation at Ryerson. She is also the co-chair of the Aboriginal Education Council. Learn more about Elder Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire.
This event is organized by the Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services and the Aboriginal Education Council