Our Summer Solstice during the Egg Laying Moon and Faith

Pipe ceremony, potluck feast and Cree Teachings with Knowledge Keeper Marilyn Dykstra

Saturday, June 22, 2024

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Event details

Free, registration required
Canadian Museum for Human Rights The group will meet in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1 and proceed together to Level 6
Language and Accessibility:
This event is offered in English.

Participate in a ceremony to honour our summer solstice with a pipe ceremony and potluck meal.

The teaching will also focus on how faith in relationships is critical to our growth. It gives us hope and protects us during the turbulence of life. Faith gives us hope and is part of our ultimate protection. We are small beings, or eggs, on Mother Earth and we are beginning a path of discovery, and commitment to growth and faith. Each day our Grandmother Moon and Grandfather Sun rise to remind us to keep our faith and continue no matter how many clouds cover the sky.

But how do we grow faith?

The point of this session is not to change anyone’s faith but rather to give everyone the space to look at their relationships and how we benefit from faith.


This workshop is part of a monthly Wahkowtowin and Ways of Being series led by Knowledge Keeper Marilyn Dykstra. Each month, we will explore a variety of moon, pole and tea teachings in the Cree tradition.

Wahkowtowin – which translates to kinship – highlights how relationships, communities and the natural world are all interconnected.

Participants will discover and reflect on their connections with each other, with balance and with human rights through teachings and a traditional tea.

Marilyn Dykstra is a status Bill C‑31 First Nations woman from northern Manitoba. She has been immersed in a working matriarchal system that practiced Indigenous ways of thinking and being since she was born. Alongside her family, she has participated in many peaceful social justice movements.

Marilyn uses her matriarchal knowledge as a foundation for her work in the Indigenous community, which has been ongoing for over thirty years. She still follows her matriarchal teachings, but she has also spent her life learning traditional knowledge and passing the teachings on.

She is a pow wow dancer, knowledge keeper, and she carries the responsibility of a bundle. She happily participates in naming ceremonies, sweats, pipe ceremonies, moon teachings and more.