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For Immediate Release:
May 30, 2008

Come Celebrate Aboriginal Culture at the First Annual a Gathering: Peelís Aboriginal Celebration

BRAMPTON, ON. (May 30, 2008) – On June 7, 2008, Peel will celebrate Aboriginal peoples and their culture in the first annual A Gathering: Peel’s Aboriginal Celebration.

This free, family-oriented event will take place between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning – Davis Campus, located at 7899 McLaughlin Rd. in Brampton. The opening ceremony starts at 10 a.m., with a closing ceremony presented at 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Region of Peel’s Early Years Integration division, A Gathering will feature First Nations drummers and dancers; Métis fiddlers and jiggers; Inuit throat singers; and teachings by elders. This year’s theme is, 7 Grandfather Teachings.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and educate Peel residents about Aboriginal heritage and culture and to honour the Aboriginal community in the Region,” said Lorna Reid, Director, Early Years Integration for the Region of Peel.  

In addition to Aboriginal entertainment, guests will experience cultural displays highlighting Aboriginal heritage. Also, community-based early childhood-focused agencies and organizations will exhibit information on services and programs in Peel for families with children from birth to six.

“We are proud to bring the first celebration of Aboriginal heritage and culture to Peel,” commented Keith Ward, Region of Peel’s Commissioner of Human Services and General Manager of Peel Living. 

The Region of Peel’s Early Years Integration division has been working with the Credit River Métis Council, Métis Nation of Ontario, Peel Aboriginal Network, Peel Social Planning Council and Sheridan College to address service/program gaps for Peel’s Aboriginal children and their families. Together, they established the Peel Aboriginal Steering Committee (PASC) in June 2007, to raise awareness and to educate Peel’s residents about Aboriginal heritage and culture. PASC specifically seeks to: identify the Aboriginal people in Peel (including their needs and contributions); identify space for Aboriginal activities; and develop programs and services for Aboriginal families with children from birth to the age of six.

The Human Services department, established in June 2007, provides services that support full participation by all residents in the economic, social and cultural life of the Region, in particular by providing a continuum of supports for vulnerable or at-risk members of the community. The department’s divisions include Ontario Works, Children’s Services, Early Years Integration, Social Housing (Peel Living), and Social Housing Policy and Programs.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.



Jennifer Marvin
Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4668

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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