Midwinter Ceremonies begin on Sunday, February 6, 2022. The time for this ceremony depends on several factors so it fluctuates year to year.
Unfortunately, public ceremonies have not occurred for the past two years due to COVID-19. Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na Language and Cultural Centre was asked for suggestions on what we can do during this day of recognition. Suggestions were you can go outside and put tobacco down, or if possible, burn some, even inside on a stove in a pan or watch versions of the Thanksgiving Address on YouTube. They shared Bear Fox’s song version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYxTGIp7SXc&t=50s as one that families might enjoy. They also shared information, put together by Tahohtharátye Brant, about other sacred ceremonies at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e3gnec63BLssx54hObVOywdREOBxztTZ/view.
We are being reminded that this is a time of reverence, slow down, be with each other in family time and remember all that we have to be grateful for.
Please note, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Offices will be closed Monday, February 7, 2022 in recognition of these ceremonies. Quinte Mohawk School and all staff in QMS as well as Kawenna’on:we Primary School are recognizing this time on Friday, February 4, 2022.