More than 4,000 First Nation, Inuit and Metis elders are in Edmonton this week to collaborate, teach, and learn about issues including climate change, reconciliation and missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Monday marked the beginning of the four-day event that included a grand entry with chiefs, Treaty chiefs, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and the elders.
Julia Cockney travelled from Tuktoyaktuk. “I’m so proud they finally recognized elders. to be recognized,” she said. “Maybe it’s a start of some sort.” Edmonton’s Expo Centre was overflowing to watch the grand entry.
“It’s really about us coming together to learn to share,” said Audrey Poitras, president of the Metis Nation of Alberta.
“To understand each other and to really promote what we need to do as indigenous people to understand each other. teaching our young people. sharing with the world.”