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The London District Chiefs Council (LDCC) is comprised of the eight local First Nations communities in south western Ontario: Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point, Chippewas of Aamjiwnaang, Bkejwanong Unceded Territory (Walpole Island), Delaware Nation of the Thames, Chippewas of the Thames, Muncey Delaware of the Thames, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Caldwell First Nation.
Each year the London District Chiefs Council hosts its Annual Elders and Youth Gathering amongst its member First Nations. The first Elders and Youth Gathering was hosted by the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point in 1997 and in 2007 it had come full circle to return to its original host community.
The Elders and Youth Gathering celebrates “the gifts of our Elders” and conveys imperative cultural information to future generations. The Elders and Youth Gathering is also a time for our communities to renew their ties to each other through family and friends, and also a time to recognize the achievements of our Elders and Youth.
Workshops are focussed on topics such as: language, culture, history, traditional games and foods, arts and crafts, and songs and dances. The London District Chiefs Council’s Annual Elders and Youth Gathering is a significant event in south western Ontario and Kettle and Stony Point is honoured to have hosted the gathering at its inception and its ten year anniversary.