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Changing of the Seasons Ceremony set for

September 17

The eleventh annual Nishnabai ceremony to celebrate the changing of the seasons will be held September 17 to 18 on Obabika Lake.

The ceremony has been growing in popularity since begun by Nishnabai elder Alex Mathias. He is the last Temagami First Nation member still living on his family's traditional territory.

The unique, non-commercial, remote event is held on a campground on Obabika in the spiritual shadow of Spirit Rock. It is open to aboriginals and non-aboriginals of all ages.

There will be traditional ceremonies, Ojibway stories, potluck feast, sweat lodge, and hiking in the old-growth forest. The ceremonies emphasize the traditional importance of the forest.

Previous participants recalled the inclusiveness of the ceremonies and the closeness that developed among participants.

Participants camp for the weekend at campsites at the north end of Obabika Lake with most arriving in canoes by early Saturday morning. Earthroots is organizing a ride share from Toronto.

Contributions are sought for Saturday's potluck.

Contact Amber Ellis at Earthroots for more information: 416-599-0152 ext 11.

  BACKGROUND:   Alex Mathias

                          Spirit Rock

                          Obabika Lake access maps 

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