Piigiiwewidoon Saagiidiwin – Bringing Home the Love
“This is a drug and alcohol free space. We are asking to create a safer space for everyone, including those who may be triggered by the presence of drugs or alcohol and the history of trauma that may be associated with substance use.
While we are asking for the space to be drug and alcohol free, we recognize the difficulties a policy like this might create. We are committed to making spaces to have open conversations about this as a group and/or one on one, as well as provide any other support necessary to reduce harm collectively and meet people where they are at.”
Safety/Support team can be identified with a purple ribbon tied around their armband.
Thanks to the Native Youth Sexual Health Network for the on-going work committed to creating safer spaces.
THINGS TO BRING TO BIAG 2015 ADOPTEE GATHERING
There are 10 cabins available with bunk beds in each and plenty of room to pitch your own tent or bring a trailer.
- Tent, tarps, sleeping mats if you are not sleeping in the cabins
- Sleeping bag or blanket & pillow
- Blow up mattress/sleeping mat
- An item for giveaway-items that are of personal value and significance e.g. picture frame, candles, bath salts, hand-made items or whatever speaks to you as an appropriate gift.
- Loose tobacco/material (optional)
- Hand drum and/or rattles, bundles, medicines
- Flashlight & batteries
- Water bottle
- Medication/diabetic supplies (responsible to keep it safe from children)
- Bug spray
- Sun block
- Sun hat
- Rain boots
- Warm clothing for cool nights
- Towel, wash cloth
- Swim suit/Towel ( pool with lifeguard on duty specified times)
- Rain gear
- Loose fitting clothing shorts, tank or skirt (not mandatory) Sweat Lodge Ceremonies
- NO CANDLES IN CABINS PLEASE
- Battery operated lanterns are okay
- FYI …There is No electricity in cabins
- Lawn chairs (s) for each member of your family
Participant Code of Conduct
We are a non-profit grassroots group of Indigenous adults who are adoptees or have been in foster care. We are committed to acknowledging and validating our lived experiences.
We agree to treat each other with the utmost respect, care and support by observing the suggested guidelines below while participating in the Indigenous Adoptee Gathering. When in doubt, ask for assistance from the Emotional Support team.
Boundaries – Establish healthy personal boundaries and respect the boundaries of others. Know your limits, trust your gut, be assertive but kind, practice self care.
Confidentiality – What is talked about in the Circle stays in the Circle. Do not identify others outside of the Circle without their permission.
Privacy – Respect each other’s right to privacy. Do not take cell phone pictures or videos without permission. Do not repeat details of others’ experiences.
Personal Space – Be aware of others’ personal space, ask consent for hugs.
Harm Reduction – While we are asking for the space to be drug and alcohol free, we recognize the difficulties a policy like this might create. We are committed to making spaces to have open conversations about this as a group and/or one on one, as well as provide any other support necessary to reduce harm collectively and meet people where they are at.
Sacred Items – Do not touch the medicines or items in bundles of Elders, pipe carriers or helpers without permission.