Town of Canmore

Workshops

Upcoming Workshops


Blue Monday

Date: Jan. 16, 2023

Time: 7 - 8 p.m. 

Location: Elevation Place

In collaboration with the Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley, FCSS is offering a Blue Monday event to create space for community to connect with one another, and to express grief and loss. The third Monday in January is said to be the most depressing day of the year, and the day with the highest rate of suicide. Blue Monday events are a way to encourage conversation around mental health and let those who are suffering or grieving know that they are not alone.

We invite the public to gather at Elevation Place at 7 p.m. for words of welcome and instructions regarding the ritual. Participants can write messages of grief, loss, or struggle and hang them on a grief tree. There will be hot chocolate and cookies and a chance to connect with mental health and grief supports. The Grief Tree will remain in the Elevation Place atrium for the week and will be available for the public to add messages to.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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