First Peoples Healing Conference

Maamwi gda wiigbiichgemi (Annishnabe)  Skahane:tewatironton (Mohawk)
Piiriqatigiingniq (Inuktitut)
We All Pull Together (English)

February 11-12, 2019 at Bingemans Conference Centre



The Healing of the Seven Generations will be hosting a two-day First Peoples Healing Conference in February 11-12, 2019 at Bingemans Conference Centre.

The conference will feature an all First Peoples lineup, with workshops, speakers,
performances, panels, discussion groups, a Library of Experiences, a kid’s area with
specialized programming, Knowledge Keepers, Seers, Medicine People, and Elders from many nations; a Sweat Lodge, a Sacred Fire, an Inuit Qulliq, ceremonies, a local First Peoples history tour, First Peoples medicine and foods teachings, as well as healing, singing, drumming, and dancing circles. We will also feature First Peoples artisans, crafters, and other vendors, particularly those from the Region in our vendors area. Panels and discussion groups will utilize local voices, especially those with lived experience, wherever possible.

We hope this conference will provide useful healing opportunities for First Peoples suffering from the intergenerational legacy of the residential school system and learning opportunities for the wider community on First Peoples cultures and realities in their paths towards reconciliation.

Limited free childcare spaces will be available for those who need it, with specialized children’s programming.


We have confirmed the Honourable Sentator Murray Sinclair for the evening of February 11, 2018, and Comedian Don Burnstick for the evening of February 12, 2018.

Full schedule will be released soon!

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Volunteers are needed to help with this event!

Volunteers must attend a 2 hour training session prior to the event, and sign up for two or three shifts of 2 hour time slots over the event. Volunteers will receive free entry into the conference for their effort. We will need folks for set-up and take-down, logistics, registration, and ushers for evening performances. We will also need trained or experienced volunteers to help with ceremonies, be Active Listeners, and help with First Aid/Safety/Accessibility concerns. If you would like to volunteer, please email with the subject line “Volunteer” and indicate what position you’d be interested in.


 We are looking for small sponsors/donors who want to help cover ticket costs for financially insecure participants. We want all First Peoples who needs these teachings and healing opportunities to be able to attend within their budget. Donations of $5, $10, $20, and $50+ will be greatly appreciated. Email for more details.


We have had a lot of vendors message us to ask about space at the Conference. We have only 8 booths available for local First Peoples vendors. We will be seeking applications in early January and will do a lotto for the spaces. Details will be updated here.


Register for our Early Bird Tickets below! You will receive an invoice from Paypal to pay for your tickets (debit, online banking, and credit cards are accepted).

If you have any difficulty please email

Some fee assistance will be available on a needs basis for self-identified First Nations (Status or non-Status), Inuit, and Métis individuals. Please check in the box below if you would require fee assistance to be able to attend.


You will receive a confirmation email within a week of registering with payment instructions!




Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Waterloo Wellington


City of Kitchener
City of Kitchener: Tier 2 Grant
KWCF Sponsors
Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation