Coming together for a place to gather

In what must be a speed record, the Awen Gathering Circle stands tall, the site is landscaped and the opening ceremonies are complete.

“What a beautiful monument that is dedicated to friendship and reconciliation,” said Chief Guy Monague, who spoke at the opening ceremonies Sept. 7 at Harbourveiw Park. “This represents coming together as human beings and recognizing each other with true respect. And true respect, like reconciliation, comes from the heart.”

The project was included in the town’s waterfront master plan last year. The dream came to life faster than expected when the town received an offer from the United Steelworkers of District 6. The steelworkers were coming to Collingwood for a conference and offered to help with a community project, and they promised 450 volunteers.

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