The Sacred Fire
The Sacred Fire — As part of the Indigenous Program for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a sacred fire will be lit, cared for, and tended to, for the full seven days of the gathering. The sacred fire is an essential aspect and focal point of Indigenous spirituality and ceremony. It is an element that most Indigenous traditions have in common, including the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples, the host nations of the 2018 Parliament. The fire represents the warmth of the Lodge, and warmth of the spirit. All are welcome to make ceremonial offerings of natural tobacco, a healing medicine for many Indigenous people of Turtle Island (North America).
The area protecting the sacred fire is considered sacred space. As such, reverence of the sacred space and respect of certain traditional protocols must be adhered to at all times. Those under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to come back at another time. There will be no photography or recording of any activities at the sacred fire.
The sacred fire will play host to a number of ceremonies including the fire lighting ceremony on November 1 (see below); a ceremony to feed the fire from Elders from each of the four directions led by a Chief of the Dene Elders Council on November 2; and a ceremony shared between Indigenous spiritual ways and the Zoroastrian faith on November 3.