On Saturday, September 9 from 2 to 4 p.m., Airdrie residents will have a chance to hear Phillomene Stevens, an Elder from Îethka Stoney Nation, share her stories and teachings about the Stoney Nation's history and worldview.

The free event taking place in the Airdrie Council Chambers during the City’s AirdrieFEST is the second of five Elder Talks in Airdrie, hosted by The Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society (CCFRS).

"It is an incredible opportunity for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come out and listen, gain understanding and connect with an Elder," a press release from CCFRS stated. 

Due to the nature of the talk the Elder recommends ages 14 and over. The talk may include personal stories that attendees may find unsettling. A trained Social Worker will be available if anyone needs support

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation/gift which Elder Phillomene to take to distribute in Stoney Nation.

Though the event is free, those interested in attending must register ahead of time online at Eventbrite as tickets are limited.

AirdrieFEST, which is taking place during the second week of September, offers residents and visitors a chance to explore who and what is ‘local’ in Airdrie.

The festival which began in 2010 as a 'small community celebration' has since become an annual tradition, which The City says has attracted over 5,000 to 6,000 attendees each year.

"From local artisans, businesses, non-profits, sports groups and more, it is a free family-friendly event for people of all ages that features live music, entertainment, vendors offering local items and various activities for families."

Attractions that will be available this year include an artisan market, a music stage, an entertainment stage, the Main Street festival, as well as over 150 vendor booths to name a few.

CCFRS extended thanks to the Calgary Foundation for funding for the Elder Talk initiative, as well as the City of Airdrie for their ongoing support.

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