annual "Dene Gathering", which brings together First Nations people
of Alaska and the sub-arctic region and their far-flung (but linguistically
related) cousins from Oregon and the American southwest, will be
held August 9-15 in Black Lake, Sask.
People of the Denesuline,
Dogrib, Slavey, Navajo and Apache nations gather every year to explore
common issues. These include economic development, health/wellness,
specific issues relating to women, children and elders, and the
preservation of Dene languages and cultures, as well as protection
of traditional lands.
While Bill will be attending
this gathering mainly as an observer, Lynda will be doing a launch
of her new book, the second in a two-part series based on interviews
with Dene elders in the late 1970s.
North of 60
"North of 60" is an event
organized by Saskatchewan's Dene nations and their larger political
body, the Prince Albert Grand Council, to address their concerns
about the territorial boundary that restricts the Dene people of
Saskatchewan from use of their traditional lands in the southern
part of the Northwest Territories (NWT).
Sixty Saskatchewan Dene
elders will spend the week living off the land in the Damant Lake
area of the NWT, showing politicians and other guests the Dene people's
traditional ways of life. The PAGC's Doug Elias, who has been doing
in-depth research into the archaeological evidence behind the Dene's
claims to this land, will release a report on his findings.
There will also be updates
on the PAGC's negotiations with the federal and NWT governments
on ways that the Dene can gain some jurisdiction or at least some
voice in discussions about this area. It is expected that there
will some representation from the other governments at this gathering.
Damant Lake is 140 miles
north of Stony Rapids, Sask. The "North of 60" gathering will run
from Aug. 17 to 22.