The 4th annual Ke’tipnemk (Harvest) Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction took place on Saturday, October 13th, at Jennifer’s Restaurant. There were 115 people in attendance to experience an evening of cultural celebration. The event included a three-course meal, cultural experiences, and a silent auction featuring a beautiful display of over 40 pieces of art and handmade crafts donated by local community members.
The evening started with a prayer from special guest, Stephen Augustine, and a room smudge by Nicole Travers. Stephen was visiting Newfoundland from his home in Cape Breton where he is Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and Associate Vice President of Indigenous Affairs of Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University.
The first cultural experience of the evening was an interactive language lesson lead by Marcella Williams and Shane Snook. As everyone was enjoying their moose stew appetizer, Marcella and Shane explained the Mi’kmaq words for the food and other items on the table.
Guests were then treated to a lesson and demonstration of the traditional Jingle Dance by Arlene Blanchard-White and youth dancer, Madison Bedo. Audience members were invited to learn the steps of the Jingle Dance and enjoy a group dance.
Paul Pike and Brian McHugh sang a collection of traditional and original songs to cap the evening. Paul also played the traditional flute and hand drum.
This year’s event raised over $6000 for the Qalipu Cultural Foundation. This money is used to support programs that enhance Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland. QCF provides funding for local cultural events, the RNC Police Academy, Outdoor Education at Killdevil Camp, and National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Art and Craft Donated by:
Allan Todd Neil Odelle Pike Dominic and Jack Blanchard
Bunchberry Beadwork Marilyn Matthews Scott Butt
Lisa Hann Trudy Veitch Cora Butt
Dawn Sampson Shirl Lake Marie Eastman
Dawn Baker Georgette Pike Lynda Langdon
Jackie Alcock Duncan Chisolm Diane Dabinett
Natural Boutique Brian Lasaga Herb Hopkins
Susan Engram Symone Howell Glen Pardy Art
Pauline Gilley Edith Miller Florence Pinhorn
Mountain Level: Brook Level:
Tract Consulting Inc Pirates Haven
Barry Group Holiday Inn Express
Tree Level: WaterWerks Communications
Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Brendan Mitchell
River Level: Mervyn & Sherry Dean
Poole Althouse Keith Goulding
Parks Canada Colemans
Antler Carving by Allan Todd Neil
Moccasins by Pauline Gilley
Beaded Earrings by Bunchberry Beadwork
Jingle Dancers, Arlene Blanchard-White and Madison Bedo
Planning Committee Member, Sherry Dean with Stephen Augustine