Tent Gathering

Fall Semester 2023:

All students, faculty, and staff of the Memorial community are invited to join the Indigenous Student Resource Centre, Student Life, and First Light outside Juniper House (208 Elizabeth Avenue), to celebrate Indigenous cultures on Thursday, September 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Inuk Elders Emma Reelis and Ellen Ford will offer an opening prayer and light the Kullik, and a smudging ceremony will be led by Mi'kmaw Knowledge Keeper Sheila O'Neill. Share in a meal of moose burgers, sausage, bannock, tea & coffee (vegetarian options available).

Students with drums stand outside a tipi and trappers tent

The Tent Gathering is an Indigenous way to bring together the Memorial University community and welcome new students during Welcome Week. The event creates a safe and welcoming space on the St. John’s campus for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty, and staff to come together and celebrate the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures in the province of Newfoundland & Labrador, and across Canada.

The Tent Gathering is held at Juniper House (208 Elizabeth Avenue) on the St. John’s Campus at the beginning of the fall and winter semesters, and they are hosted in partnership with the First Light Friendship Centre and Student Life.

Everyone is welcome to drop by to meet and talk with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, share stories and food, and participate in activities such as drumming at throat singing.