JOE LEBOUTHILLIER The Standard
SCUGOG: With the ice on Lake Scugog thawed once again, one local group is walking around the lake for the sacredness of our water.
For the first time, Curve Lake First Nation's Sacred Water Circle Gathering (SWCG) will be held on the shores of Lake Scugog. SWCG honours the sacredness of water with a three-day event comprised of a ceremony, keynote speakers, First Nations teachers, and, of course, a traditional feast for all the hungry participants.
A three-day event taking place from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4 will welcome International Elders and Spiritual Leaders such as Josephine Mandamin, from Wikemikong, Mantoulin Island, Ontario, and Charlie and Morris Neyelle from Délînê First Nation, Northwest Territories.
Those who attend will visit Petroglyphs Provincial Park in Woodview, watch performing arts, as well as hear many speeches from Elders.
The following Saturday, May 10, will see the fifth Annual Water Awareness Walk. Lake Scugog will be the setting for 2014. Before then there was Rice Lake twice (2010 and 2013), Stoney Lake in 2011 and Upper Chemong Lake in 2012.
There are over 110 First Nations communities across Canada that are advised to boil water daily because they're surrounded by unfit drinking water.
Anishinaabe Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, who has earned respect and become an inspiration and mentor to many, was asked why she carried water from three different directions to the centre of Turtle Island, Ontario. She replied "Nga-zhidchigemin!" This roughly translates to "I will do it for the water!"
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