17th ANNUAL KEEPING THE FIRES BURNING:
Working Together for Reconciliation
and Mino Bimaadiziiwin: "The Good Life"
Presented by Ka Ni Kanichihk & the sākihiwēwin Foundation
Thursday, June 14, 2018
5:30PM: Grand Entry
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
375 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Emcees: Jade Harper & David McLeod
• Leonard Sumner: Anishinaabe Poet & Musician
• Paul Rabliauskas: Anishinaabe Comedian & Host at NCI FM
• The Butterfly Club: Ka Ni Kanichihk's Indigenous Female & Two Spirit Youth Leadership Group
• Call Planners Plus: 204.257.5205
• Online: eventcamp.ca/event/kfb2018 or kanikanichihk.ca
On June 14, 2018, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. — together with newly incorporated co-host, the sākihiwēwin Foundation — presents the 17th Annual Keeping the Fires Burning Honouring Ceremony and Dinner. One of Manitoba’s largest Indigenous events, Keeping the Fires Burning brings together 700-800 Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to honour and celebrate Manitoba’s diverse and dynamic Indigenous cultures.
In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report entitled, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, which calls upon all Canadian institutions and citizens to embrace its Calls to Action in support of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
Indeed, our 2018 event’s theme — Working Together for Reconciliation and Mino Bimaadiziiwin: The Good Life — represents the significant work that we have accomplished together to rebuild our communities and restore wellness and prosperity in our Nations. It also emphasizes Ka Ni Kanichihk and the sākihiwēwin Foundation’s commitment to reclaim Indigenous Traditional Knowledge as the foundation by which to achieve reconciliation.
Over the past 16 years, Keeping the Fires Burning has honoured 121 First Nations, Métis and Inuit Grandmothers and Grandfathers — all of whom have made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples, and, indeed, the safeguarding, nurturing and transmission of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge.
Collectively, our Elders are the holders of our histories — the keepers of our Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. It is by way of their remembering and sharing that we will retrace our steps back to knowing who we are as Nations. Today, our vibrant cultures also serve as important catalysts, not only for transforming the lives of Indigenous peoples, but also for bringing together all people in a spirit of unity, sharing and greater understanding.
On June 14, 2018, another nine special individuals — all Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Keepers — will be inducted into the circle of honour selected by one of Manitoba’s Indigenous Representative Organizations, including the Manitoba Metis Federation; Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs; Southern Chiefs’ Organization; Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak; Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg; Manitoba Moon Voices; Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre; Manitoba Inuit Association; and Ka Ni Kanichihk.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Council, the sākihiwēwin Foundation and the 2018 KFB Organizing Committee hereby request your presence in the 2018 Keeping the Fires Burning Ceremony. Please join us at 5:30 PM on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue, Main Floor Ballroom when we honour our knowledge keepers, share the richness of Indigenous culture and build bridges of understanding and respect.