On Oct. 22, members of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, formally known as Whitefish Lake, will celebrate the completion of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Sacred Fire Arbour.
Designed by world renowned Lapointe Architects, the Sacred Fire Arbour is a small timber fire arbour used for spiritual ceremonies, teachings and community events.
The celebration will include a ceremony by Elder Arthur Petahtegoose to bless the arbour “and the ground it lays upon,” a release from the community said.
Petahtegoose was a part of the planning process and worked with Lapointe and members of the community to build the arbour.
The arbour is located on the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Sacred Grounds, along the shores of Whitefish Lake, where the traditional annual gathering takes place, along with teachings and traditional ceremonies. The Sacred Grounds is the former site of one of the old villages and was a waterway route for many of the First Nation's ancestors, travellers and fur-traders.
A luncheon will be held following the celebration, which begins at 11 a.m. at Sacred Grounds near Naughton.