December 21, 2021 is the Winter Solstice, which in the Northern Hemisphere is the shortest day and longest night of the year, and the point after which the days start growing longer again. This day, the time of greatest darkness and the symbolic rebirth of the sun, has long been celebrated by many cultures, religions and spiritual traditions, including the Druidic Alban Arthan, the Chinese Dongzhi, the Wiccan Yule, and the Scandinavian Feast of Juul.
On Monday, December 13th at noon, Lewis Cardinal gave a talk about “Creating and Reclaiming Indigenous Space in an Urban Centre.” He is the Project Manager of kihciy askiy (sacred earth), a development project being created in the river valley close to Fort Edmonton Park.
The EIC held its annual Open House over Zoom, on Wednesday, December 8th beginning at 7 PM. We heard about what the EICEA has been up to the past year, and found out about some of the holy days our members are celebrating. Mayor Amarjeet Sohi joined us to bring greetings from the City of Edmonton.