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The practice of omanitew Half Moon Lake August 14 – 17, 2018

August 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - August 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm MDT


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The practice of omanitew to celebrate your visitors, to make space for them physically and spiritually – is a core teaching and way of life in the iyiniw (First People, People of the Land) community. We need to make sure our visitors have the best, both while they are with us and when they leave. Our role is to honor their presence, provide emotional, physical, spiritual and mental support and to ensure that, when they leave our place, they leave with everything we can provide to enable them to continue their journey. We believe that the practice of omanitew is only possible within the context of ceremony, and that our provision of services our practice is ceremony. We suggest that, in accordance with the teachings and practices, this is a more relevant concept then cultural competency. That is, to practice omanitew with our clients. To celebrate when they enter into our programs, to make ceremonial space for them within our programs, and to provide them with the best we can for them to continue their journey once they leave.

Many of us have received a western-based education. This is not, in itself, a bad thing. It can become problematic however, when the services we provide, are western-based and not designed to serve individuals with iyiniw  ancestry. How do you honour the presence of Indigenous clients within your programs? Do you have the knowledge and understanding of iyiniw  worldviews, beliefs and values to provide appropriate emotional, physical, spiritual and mental support? Join our facilitation team on the land, to participate in an experiential four-day training process rooted in language, ceremony and Indigenous worldviews. Whether you are an iyiniw or non-iyiniw service provider, you should expect to benefit from this training in surprising and unexpected ways.

Notice to Participants:

IMPORTANT: It is important that those who are attending the training understand that they will be exposed to sage and sweet-grass smoke and ceremonial pipe smoke as they participate in the various ceremonies.

PARTICIPATION IN CEREMONY: Those working with traditional Indigenous peoples should practice within the context of Relational Accountability, Protocols, and Ceremony. It is vital that those working with Indigenous people have an experiential understanding of these concepts and experiences – consequently, while not mandatory, participation in the ceremonies is an expectation. Those in attendance will receive detailed and supportive instruction prior to any ceremony.

Participants attending the training NEED TO BRING: Women are requested to wear long skirts or bring a wrap-around that can be worn over pants for the first day and the last day only. This is a ceremonial teaching that will be explained on the first day. Men will be requested to fulfill traditional roles (fire keeping, ceremonial support etc.) throughout the training.

TRANSPORTATION: Attendees will be required to arrange their own transportation.  Participants may want to carpool. As there is limited parking on the site, participants are encouraged to carpool OR meet in Sherwood Park and carpool from there.

SWEATLODGE: Participants will be provided with the opportunity to attend an instructed sweat lodge ceremony on Thursday evening. For many, this may be your first opportunity to experience a sweat lodge and arrangements have been made to ensure the experience is positive for all involved.

MEALS: Special arrangements have been made for lunch on Tuesday and Friday as part of the opening/closing ceremonies. Participants will be responsible for their own lunches on Wednesday and Thursday.

The training will begin each day with ceremony – so it is important that everyone is on time. Please plan to arrive slightly before 9:00 am each day.

August 14th – August 17th , 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

ALIGN Members: $300+GST   Non-Members:     $400+GST


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August 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am
August 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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Half Moon Lake
Half Moon Lake East of Sherewood Park


Masuma Amin Training Admin
780 428 -3660

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