National Gathering 2023
The information, documents, and links you need for participating in the Righting Relations 2023 National Gathering, in-person or virtually.
Where is it?
We are excited to welcome you to beautiful Perth, Ontario for the 2023 National Gathering! Perth is located in Treaty 29 territory, on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee Nations, Anishinaabe Nations, and Neutral People.
Our accommodations and venue will be at the Best Western Plus, located at 82 Peter Street, Perth, Ontario K7H 1S2. Your accommodation bookings will be coordinated by our events planning team based on the information you provided in your application.
On October 23rd, in-person participants spend the first day of our time together grounding in ceremony and connecting to the land.
When is it?
For participants joining us in person, October 22nd, 2023 has been designated as a travel day. We ask participants who are joining us by car to aim to arrive by around 5pm EST. We will be hosting a casual welcome dinner at 6pm, with a short introductory circle to follow.
October 23rd, the first day of the in-person event will be focused on connecting to the land and grounding together in ceremony.
For virtual participants, we will be welcoming you to join the teachings, conversations, and workshops starting the morning of October 24th and lasting until lunchtime on October 26th.
In-person participants will be travelling home on October 26th and 27th.
Documents To Review and Discuss
Throughout the gathering, we will be referring to a couple of documents to inform and guide our conversations. Below are links to these documents; if possible, we encourage you to read and reflect on them in advance.
- Pillars of Righting Relations
- Protocols and Parameters
- National Steering Committee Role
- NSC Commitments and Principles
Logistics & FAQ
To acknowledge the help and guidance of our ancestors and our community, we will be wrapping up our gathering with a giveaway, so we encourage all of our in-person participants to bring any items that you would like to contribute. You can learn more about giveaways by clicking here.
It is our aim to ensure that this event is as accessible as possible; part of that commitment includes putting in place COVID protocols that will keep all our participants safe and healthy, especially those who are at risk or immunocompromised. We recognize that it is unjust to exclude members with disabilities or chronic illnesses, or who care for loved ones who are at risk, and it is our responsibility to respect and protect our community members.
We are therefore putting in place the following protocols:
- We ask all participants to wear kn95 masks or respirators when in common areas, except for eating and drinking.
- Masks should cover the nose and mouth securely and without gaps
- We ask all participants to test for COVID-19 prior to travelling
- We will have rapid tests and kn95 masks available during the event, and ask all participants to test if you feel unwell.
- We are requesting that participants who are traveling by plane wear their kn95 mask while at the airport and during their flights
- Hand sanitizer will be also be available throughout the event
- We ask all participants to show each other compassion and respect; if you are asked to put on a mask by an organizer or another participant, please do so
Event organizers have been communicating with participants and are taking steps to ensure that everyone feels welcome and included. For in-person participants, barrier-free accommodations are available and the venue is wheelchair accessible. We also have breakout spaces available that can be used for prayer, overstimulation, reflection, or rest. For virtual participants, captions will be enabled and we will have virtual ambassadors on hand to ensure your voices have equal space in conversations.
If you have any concerns about access needs, or have access needs that you haven't already shared with the event organizers, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org