Lakehead University hosting the Fall Harvest on Sept. 16

Photo of people at the Fall Harvest

Elder Gerry Martin spoke with participants at a previous Fall Harvest. 

September 15, 2023 – Thunder Bay, Ont.   

Lakehead University is hosting its annual Fall Harvest on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Sweat Lodge site, located near the Wolf Den athletics building. 

Hosted by Indigenous Initiatives, everyone is invited to experience Indigenous culture through teachings given by traditional Elders.  

“Elders and knowledge holders are coming together to share their culture and teachings at the Lakehead University Fall Harvest,” said Denise Baxter, Lakehead University’s Vice-Provost, Indigenous Initiatives. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to join us to experience and learn more about Indigenous cultures.” 

Come learn about hand drumming and bear-grease making along with its benefits. Sample fresh pickerel, sturgeon, goose, bannock, blueberries, and wild rice. 

Join the Elders as they share teachings about the sweat lodge, traditional medicines, and much more. Staff from Fort William Historical Park will also attend. Local artisans will host demonstrations with an interactive booth.   

“Join us in this celebration of the change of season,” Baxter said. “Everyone is welcome to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there, rain or shine.”

The Thunder Bay and District Métis Council is donating the pickerel.

For more information about this event and other events being held this month, visit this page.













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