Pipe Ceremony and Feast

 

Drag the Red kicked their third season off in early July with a pipe ceremony and feast. Many community members and volunteers attended and it was a vibrant introduction to the group.

 

We gathered at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House and used chairs to form a circle in the centre. Elders Albert Mcleod and Carolyn Moar sat in the middle, and guided us through the evening. Carolyn began with a smudging ceremony and walked by each person in the circle. The Elders then lead us through a pipe and water ceremony.

 

Drag the Red co-founder Bernadette Smith, MLA Wab Kinew, and local advocate Michael Champagne were among the crowd. The ceremony ended with a prayer to bless the food. The Elders were fed first and then we all enjoyed a feast prepared by the Smith family.

 

Special acknowledgements were given to the Dilk family who also attended. Kevin Dilk has been missing since November 2016.

 

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