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Cree offering ceremony


By dxw

Earlier this year, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) ran one of a series of their International Leaders Programmes which are supported by Wilton Park. At this event Mr Don Iverson, the Mayor of Edmonton, a city within the Canadian province of Alberta, presented Wilton Park’s Chief Executive, Richard Burge, with some tobacco to offer at Wiston House.

Offering tobacco is a tradition of the Cree people, one of Canada’s First Nations, who reside across the country and in parts of the northern United States. Traditionally, an offering of tobacco is made in thanks and we made our offering in front of our Liriodendron tulipifera tulip tree, a tree which is native to North America.

Mr Iveson’s gesture is characteristic of our strong relationship with the Canadian Government, who has partnered us on a number of projects. Recently the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development supported our inaugural event on promoting the rights of LGBT persons. The Canadian Government are also regular supporters of our Consular series with events taking place both at Wiston House and overseas, our most recent event being held in Mexico in May on Global Consular Forum 2015.

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