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Sunrise Ceremony and Sacred Fire


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Milt Dunnell Field (1 Veterans Circle)

St. Marys

St. Marys, ON



Offered in English.


On Thursday, September 28, local Indigenous educator Patsy Anne Day will offer a “Sunrise Ceremony” as a way to give appreciation and express thanks for life and nature. The event will start at 7:30 a.m. at the north end of Milt Dunnell Field.

A sacred fire will also be lit and tended by firekeepers from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Milt Dunnell Field. Those attending the fire will learn about the four medicines sacred to many Indigenous cultures: tobacco, sweetgrass, sage and cedar. Attendees are invited to add sacred medicines to the fire. Children will have an opportunity to create a feather craft keepsake.

Those attending are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to honour Survivors of residential schools, in support of the “Every Child Matters” concept.


Kaswentha - Two Row Now and the Town of St. Marys

Kaswenta/Two Row Now a collaborative of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community-based individuals, representative from school boards, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, supported by Huron Perth Public Health since August 2022. Two Row Now is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all Nations within Huron and Perth Counties.

The Town of St. Marys will commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with activities to promote healing and education in the community.


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