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TIMMINS POLICE LENDS A HELPING HAND TO LOON LODGE SUNDANCE CEREMONY ORGANIZERS

Timmins Police Service – Community Liaison Coordinator, Brenda Beaven was on hand this week to assist with some of the logistical chores in preparation for the upcoming Loon Lodge Sundance ceremony.

One of the most important spiritual ceremonies for the local Indigenous community is the Sundance Ceremony.

This year, with restrictions being eased, the Loon Lodge Sundance will be held on the weekend of August 26 -29.

Timmins Police Service attended the Sundance site on Wednesday to present five large tarps as a donation to assist in creating shaded areas or as rain cover.

Seen here is one of the tarps covering one of the structures where meetings and gatherings will be held.

In the 3rd picture, your will find Loon Lodge Sundance Chief, Martin Millen, of the Matachewan First Nation on the right.

He is the Great Great Grandson of Harry Batiste who is one of the individuals who signed the Treaty 9.

Chantal Dussault is in the middle in this picture and will be participating in the ceremony as a dancer and was on hand to help with site preparation.

On the left is Mary Boyden, Martin’s partner and has the role of the Ceremonial Carrier.

Mary is also the newly appointed chair of the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee.

The Grandmother Sweat Lodge can be seen in the background of the photo.

The Timmins Police Service acknowledges the cultural significance of this ceremony and is pleased to have played a modest role with the necessary preparations.