This year's theme is "A Twenty Year Journey of Language: Looking Back and Looking Forward."
To ensure generational representation, the ATI Board of Directors included the Elders Senate (Doris Boissoneau, George Francis and Berdina Johnston) as well as the Youth Representatives (Nathalie Restoule and Karaka Osawamick) in shaping the event.
The conference classes touch on all generations, from "Looking Forward: Directions in Digital Learning" by Wab Kinew (Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg and multi-media artist) to "Looking Back: Language Journey of 20 years and What Ateg has Accomplished" by Shirley Ida Pheasant Williams (ATI Board of Directors for 20 years and Elder in the PhD program at Trent University).
Along with the language and culture classes, participants may also enjoy such activities as the Meet & Greet Reception (Wednesday), Silent Auction (Thursday and Friday), Children's Program and Craft Workshops (Thursday through Saturday), Hoedown and Round Dance (Thursday night) and Dance Social (Saturday night).
The conference begins with a Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday, March 27th at 5:30 a.m. in the Dream Maker Theater. Throughout the four-day event, participants are encouraged to visit the Gchi-Twaa Shkode (Sacred Fire) in the East Courtyard Lodge to lay their semaa (tobacco) down in miigwetch (thanks).
This year, a local student receives acknowledgement. Trevor Wilson, an 8th grader at East Middle School in Traverse City, MI earned a G'minomewozim G'nitaa Anishinaabemaam Award.
Also, local musical artists Ruby John (fiddle) and Jaach Trudeau (keyboard) will perform at the Dream Makers Theater on Thursday, March 27th at 7 p.m.
The ATI Vision Statement is "Wii-mshkaabooying wii-temgak, Waa-zhaang maamiwiiying ezhi-Anishinaabeying
wii-waabdooweying ezhibgchi-piitebdaagok Anishinaabe’aadiziwin miinwaa enweying kina go
wii-minawaabijitooying miinwaa giwi bjiinag waabiyaajig."
This basically translates to "We will provide a stable foundation and the place and environment with resources that allow Anishinaabe the chance to come together to maintain culture and language for ourselves and future generations."
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