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‘Love In The House’

Second Annual Aboriginal Community Gathering

Joyful noise filled the Central Okanagan air at Sensisyusten House of Learning on a late November evening.  Children, parents, caregivers, Elders, grandparents, aunties, uncles, and community friends numbering over 150 shouted “The love is in the house!”  They were responding to a call-out by Angela Roy of Expression, “Where is the love?” as she led participants in an evening of learning and celebrating culture.  Children sang and drummed traditional and new songs from indigenous cultures throughout the world.  Everyone was invited to sing, dance, and drum along with the children, creating the loud and happy sounds.

When participants in a 2008 community dialogue suggested that more opportunities for families to gather and celebrate culture would be healthy for Aboriginal children, Aboriginal CATCH – Community Action Toward Children’s Health organized an Aboriginal Community Gathering for families.  It was so popular that they held the Second Annual Aboriginal Community Gathering in November, 2009.  Aboriginal families with young children in the Central Okanagan were invited to come and share a delicious salmon dinner, to have some fun, and to learn more about Aboriginal culture from Elder Delphine Derrickson.

Even after the closing friendship dance, when the chairs and tables were put aside and the drums packed up, and the last families boarded the bus for home, it felt like love was in the house!

Please call Aboriginal CATCH Coordinator, Catherine Disbery at 250-764-9652 or email catherine@catchcoalition.ca for further information.

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