In honor of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada on June 21, 2021, Compassionate Ottawa is honored to host this month’s Conversations with Leaders with two Indigenous Elders. For many Indigenous peoples, dying and death are a transition rather than a finite “end-of-life”. With one foot in the living world and one in the spiritual world, the ideology of morbidity is not present, yet the approaches to it vary significantly from one community to another. There is a constant negotiation for life through ceremony which involves an ongoing relationship with ancestors.
In this live virtual event, Erica Claus, Secretary of the Compassionate Ottawa Board of Directors, will have a conversation with two Indigenous leaders, Elder Stephen Augustine and Elder Annie Smith St-Georges, who will share their ways to inspire and inform us. Together, we will discover how traditional, thriving and compassionate Indigenous communities support one another. We will also learn how some Indigenous communities handle the last days’ transition to the spirit world, and then how to let the departed go, through emotions and memories. There will be time for questions and comments following the session.