As a child, I remember spending most of nights with my friends and family at the old wooden arbour located in the centre of town. We would run around, playing hide and seek or sit and watch the talent show or participate in the drum dance. The red painted arbour held so many great memories for me. It was taken down many years ago and I truly felt like my community lacked a gathering place since.
I was happy to learn that there was a new one being built by the Hamlet of Fort Providence. The arbour can seat up to 600 people and is built in a circular shape with a fire pit in the middle, it will hosts many traditional gatherings, drum dances and special events. Arbours are pretty common now days in the North and are used as a positive place for community members to socialize. The one built in Fort Providence was like none I’ve ever seen. It’s such beautiful piece of art; it represents the union of the First Nations and Metis’ people in the community.
So when I was asked to capture the official opening of the Fort Providence’s Arbour, I was stoked and jumped at the opportunity. I knew I would see many elders, old friends and get to participate in a sacred fire feeding ceremony. It was a well-organized celebration, with several speeches and warming welcomes, to prayers and well wishes. And it wouldn’t be a celebration if it didn’t end with a tasty feast.
I’m relieved that my hometown now has it’s gathering place back – it’s going to be a place for many other friends and families to make fond memories, and to celebrate the culture and traditions for years to come.
– shawna mcleod
7 thoughts on “the place of gathering”
Beautiful photos and I love the story … are you located in Eastern Canada?
These photos tell a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing…
those are beautiful photographs you captured so much more that just a picture thats wonderful 😀
Your pictures are very beautiful as I scrolled down i could almost hear the sound of the drums in the back of my mind!!! Great work👍🏻
What a wonderful place to gather! Great story.
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Powerful & gorgeous – please tell us more about the photos – love how they build from setting up site to when people arrive – thank you for it 🙂
This is truly one of the most beautiful posts I have seen in a very long time. Thank you for capturing and thank you immensely for sharing.