2014 Manito Ahbee Festival
September 10 - 14, 2014
In response to many photo’s and comments being directed towards the Manito Ahbee Festival and its funders we would again like to reiterate what we do, and the value that our funders, sponsors, and supporters provide.
The Manito Ahbee Festival is guided by a committee of Elders to whom we look to before proceeding in any direction. The scale of what we do and the number of events we produce is significant. None of this would be possible without our family of sponsors, funders and supporters. We are honoured and grateful for the level of support we receive. This is a testament to the worthy vision and aims of Manito Ahbee and our partners.
The Festival is pleased to be supported by government (including First Nation and non-First Nation governments), organizations, foundations, corporations, and individuals. Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. is not a political organization. All of our sponsors share our vision to educate, entertain and enlighten.
Consistent with the teachings of our Elders, we believe that inclusion is the most appropriate way to effect change. We hope to develop an increased appreciation and understanding of our culture and heritage through participation.
Elder, Charlie Nelson
MANITO AHBEE FESTIVAL - MISSION STATEMENT
In the spirit of the sacred site, the Manito Ahbee Festival is a gathering that celebrates Indigenous culture and heritage to unify, educate and inspire.
Manito Ahbee is recognized as a leader in transforming relationships to share Indigenous culture and heritage with the world.
MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
The name Manito Ahbee was gifted to the festival through ceremony, and is connected to its sacred site name sake. Manito Ahbee is one of the most important and significant traditional Aboriginal gathering sites in all of Turtle Island (North America).
The Manito Ahbee site is located in the western Whiteshell area of Manitoba, and marks the location where the Creator makes his home. Manito Ahbee, an Ojibway word means, “where the Creator sits.” The site is recognized and honoured by Aboriginal peoples across North America as a sacred place for all people. The name of the province, Manitoba, is itself derived from the name of this sacred site.
The festival represents an opportunity for Manitobans and visitors alike to experience the province as truly a ‘home for all people.’ Manito Ahbee thus ‘gathers people’, uniting both residents and visitors in a spirit of celebration, honouring the Creator and the seven sacred teachings: love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth.