Niagara’s Bridge Of Hope Invites You To An Evening’s Discussion On Indigenous Issues

“Weaving a Story of Indigenous Hope” – Tuesday, November 1st at 7:30 P.M. in the Niagara, Ontario City of St. Catharines

A Message on this Special Evening Event from Karl Dockstader

Our oldest Haudenosaunee story has this moment where Sky Woman has found herself on the back of the very beginning of Turtle Island.


I made this simple sketch and as I was drawing it all I was thinking about was how when I first heard the story how alone she must have felt in that moment. She must have thought about everything she left behind in the Sky World. Sky Woman’s entire life was something that she would never be a part of again and now in this moment she stood there isolated. Alone.

But something awesome happens right after in this legend. She starts to work at expanding her world. Literally. The Sky Woman starts to sing, to dance and to literally extend the edges of the earth towards our current continental boundaries. She begins a persistent and steady march to start the process that would seed all the life we know because that is all she knows to do in that moment.

I’d like to think that in her impossible situation the Sky Woman found hope. From the hope came determination and from that determination all life became possible. I think one of the messages might be that if we as people find hope that it can lead to determination and our own endless possibilities.

In “Weaving a Story of Indigenous Hope” my esteemed colleague and good friend Kelly Davis will be sharing why our culture, the proud ways of the people original to this land, our stories of the past, lessons from the present and a message of hope for the future are important in this time of reconciliation.

We won’t be able to do it alone though. We need all the people to be like minded and to join in spreading peace, strength and good mindedness.

If you are free and open minded and want to know more about the history and stories of the land under your feet then I encourage you to join Kelly Davis of the Cayuga Nation and my self, Karl Dockstader, on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 7:30 at the Mennonite Church Hall on 677 Niagara Street, St. Catharines for this great event organized by Bridge of Hope.

More details can be found by following this link to the event’s facebook page:

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No matter what you do please continue to be awesome and to help make our world a better place.

You rock, thanks! — Loving Our Mother the Earth,, Karl Dockstader

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