Sat., Sep. 21 | Midland

Gathering: Public Readings

Our third annual celebration of the finest aboriginal and First Nations authors in Canada. Featuring appearances by Tomson Highway, Cherie Dimaline, Alicia Elliott, and more.
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Gathering: Public Readings

Time & Location

Sep. 21, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Midland, Midland, ON, Canada

About the Event

Saturday, September 21 - 5:30am

Sunrise Ceremony - Andrew Mixemong Park

Complimentary Coffee and Muffins to follow at

Midland Public Library



Saturday, September 21

Day Pass Required. Includes Access to All Saturday Readings and Presentations

Purchase your Pass at: 705-527-4420 -

09:30am - 11:00am - Sherry Lawson and Arthur Stevens - Midland Public Library

10:00am - 11:30am - Alicia Elliott and Daniel Heath JusticeMidland Cultural Centre

12:30pm - 02:00pm - Tsista KennedyMidland Public Library

01:00pm - 02:30pm - Darrel J. McLeod and Jesse ThistleMidland Cultural Centre

03:00pm - 04:30pm - Cherie DimalineHuronia Museum followed by Festival Closing

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Created in 2017 as a one-day partnership with Rama First Nation, “Gathering” is now a three-day road show! Orillia Centre is proud to partner with the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre, Midland Public Library, Midland Cultural Centre, and others, on three days of First Nations, Indigenous, and Metis authors from across Canada, representing some of the diversity, tradition, and resilience, of First Nations cultures.

A Friday Night Gala with Tomson Highway performing “Songs in the Key of Cree”, and three days of readings by and opportunities to meet authors including Alicia Elliot (A Mind Spread Out on the Ground), Daniel Heath Justice, Lee Maracle, and many more. Events for all ages will be held throughout downtown Midland.

The organizers acknowledge this festival takes place on the traditional homelands and territory of the Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Huron-Wendat indigenous peoples, and offer our most sincere gratitude for the welcome we have received as guests and colleagues.

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