May 9th – Opening Ceremony & Grand Entry: Inside Tracks
May 10th – Traditional Pipe Ceremony: Marketplace Floor
For the first time in history, Rendez-vous Canada has partnered with the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) to engage the knowledge keepers, elders and Chiefs from the Traditional Territory of the Treaty 7 First Nations. This partnership acknowledges the importance of Indigenous cultural integration and protocols into the tourism business landscape.
On May 9th, during the Inside Track session, Chiefs from the Blood, Siksika, Piikani, Wesley, Chiniki, Bears Paw and Tsuut’ina First Nations will begin RVC 2017 with a grand entry accompanied by a drum group and singers. An opening prayer will be provided by local elder Leonard Bastien followed by a flag song honouring the flags and all Nations represented. This song will be immediately followed by a victory song acknowledging past successes and ensuring future success of RVC and the RVC delegation. The Chiefs will each provide an opening in the spirit of welcoming and planting a seed for opportunity; an experience that will be very moving.
On May 10th beginning at 7:30 am a traditional pipe ceremony will be performed by elders and ceremonialists of the Blackfoot Confederacy. When Treaty 7 was signed in 1877, the day was concluded with the same pipe ceremony and this year, RVC delegates will have the opportunity to experience this sacred ceremony. The purpose of this ceremony will be to move forward to a place where Indigenous and non-Indigenous people will partner for the mutual benefit of economic prosperity in the Tourism Industry and beyond. Come to observe the ceremony with respect and acknowledgment of traditional protocols by refraining to speak during the ceremony. Photos and video are not permitted unless given specific permission for media relations.
Do not miss these opportunities to experience and feel the power of the Indigenous culture from the Nations of Treaty 7.