All Invited to Traditional Bison Feast supporting Kateri Native Ministries

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Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa

310-211 Bronson Ave

Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5

613-565-4180

Email: kateri

March 15, 2011

I write to you today asking for your support in helping First Nations, Métis and Inuit people to reconnect with the land. They believe that everything is interconnected and that the land, trees, sky, animals and water are part of the whole and are central to healing wounded bodies and spirits. Naategama or Peaceful Waters is a 230 acre property owned by the Archdiocese of Ottawa and entrusted exclusively for the use of Kateri Native Ministry. Located on the Ottawa River near the Quyon Ferry Landing, the property was donated to the Archdiocese in the late 1950s for a children’s summer camp. Later, it became known as Camp Echon. Under the direction of Kateri Native Ministry, Naategama has been used for Aboriginal youth retreats by Sagamok and Pikwàkanagàn First Nations. It has been the site for Elders retreats, community workshops, and family reunions of Indian Residential School Survivors.

Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa is moving forward with plans to improve the facilities by installing a floating dock to allow better access to the water for canoeing and swimming. In the long term, we would like to upgradewashroom amenities, construct a sweat lodge and continue with plans for a more permanent healing and training centre.

Kateri receives no government funding and relies entirely upon the generosity of benefactors like you. A traditional bison feast will be held March 25, 2011 in Mac Hall, Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., Ottawa, ON, in support of improvement on the land. Tickets are $50 each or a table of eight tickets can be purchased for $425. Guest speaker Viola Thomas will speak on the importance of the land in native culture.

Tickets can be purchased at www.katerinativeministry.ca using the ‘Buy Now’ button or by cheque made payable to “Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa” and mailed to: 310-211 Bronson Ave., Ottawa ON K1R 6H5. Tickets will be delivered to the address provided.

Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa is a Catholic lay ministry registered as a non-profit charitable organization. It is committed to the healing and reconciliation of Aboriginal people under the guidance of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. The Ministry provides spiritual and corporal works of mercy through the blending of Christian spirituality and Native traditions and culture. Your support of Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa is appreciated. Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions you may have.

Thank you,

John Corston

Executive Director

Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa

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