Indigenous community to provide ceremonial gift to Ukrainians Wednesday

As part of Indigenous Peoples Awareness Week at Brock, members of the University’s Indigenous communities will be providing a ceremonial offering to Ukrainians Wednesday, June 22.

Beginning with a sacred fire at 10 a.m. at the Alphie’s Trough fire pit, Indigenous community members and Elders, in partnership with the Ukraine — Brock Initiatives and Humanitarian Aid group, will be giving braided sweetgrass to members of the Ukrainian community. The sweetgrass symbolizes healing, peace and harmony. 

Participants are invited to join the virtual Connecting Cultures: Ukrainian and Indigenous Beading event from noon to 1 p.m. as well, which will highlight the similar beading traditions of many Indigenous and Ukrainian people, along with their collective celebration of the summer solstice.

Other events taking place Wednesday include an Inuit art show in TH 145 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a virtual tour of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada.

For a full list of events taking place for Indigenous Peoples Awareness Week, visit the AbSS ExperienceBU page.

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