Becoming Kin Retreat, Nova Scotia

Tatamagouche Centre | Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

Hosted by: True North Aid

Guest Speakers: Patty Krawec & Ophelia Rigault


Tatamagouche Centre is located on the sacred gathering place used for thousands of years by the M’ikmaq.

This beautiful venue sits on 15 acres of rolling lawns, flower gardens, and huge oak and linden trees on kilometres of Trans-Canada trails and the junction of Tatamagouche Bay, the Waugh and French River. The area remains unceded and unsurrendered land.

We’ll gather in the The Sanctuary to listen and learn and we will enjoy tasty, nutritious meals in the dining room. 

Sufficient time will be allowed for individual reflection and community conversation.

Enjoy the trails, natural space and this opportunity to become kin.

$375/pp (Early Bird) | $425/pp (after October st)

This fee includes accommodations, linens, all meals, facility use, retreat experience.

The Speakers

Patty Krawec author of Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future

Patty Krawec

“We don’t exist independently. We live in layers of relationships, among ancestors and descendants in a web that stretches far beyond our senses.”

Patty Krawec (@gindaanis) is an Anishinaabe and Ukrainian writer from Lac Seul First Nation, and co-host of the podcast Medicine for the Resistance.  Patty is cofounder of the Nii’kinaaganaa Foundation, which collects funds and disperses them to Indigenous people and organizations. Her work has been published in Sojourners and Canadian Living. She is active with the Fort Erie Native Friendship Center and the Strong Water Singers.

You can find more of her writing at Aambe on Substack. She lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario. 

Order Becoming Kin Book here.



Twitter: @gindaanis

Ophelia Rigault

Ophelia Rigault is a highly accomplished professional with a Master’s degree in Education specializing in Educational Leadership. With over 15 years of experience in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion, she is a sought-after Speaker and Trainer. Ophelia is also the owner of Real Talk Solutions, a company dedicated to providing training in equity and diversity to inclusive leaders and organizations.
Passionate about creating communities of belonging, Ophelia is committed to partnering with inclusive leaders and organizations to foster equitable and inclusive work cultures and communities.
Through her engaging keynote speeches, impactful training sessions, community-building initiatives, and media appearances, she actively promotes inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.
Having personally experienced exclusion based on gender and race, Ophelia brings a deep understanding and empathy to her work, facilitating difficult conversations about race, gender, privilege, mental health awareness, and equity. and is dedicated to forging a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

The Venue

259 Loop Route 6
Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0
Tel: 902-657-2231

Tatamagouche Centre, Nova Scotia

Tatamagouche Centre, Nova Scotia

The Sanctuary, Tatamagouche Nova Scotia

The Sanctuary

Tatamagouche Centre, Nova Scotia, autumn colours

Enjoy the autumn view at Tatamagouche Centre.

Tatamagouche Centre, gathering around the fire.

Gather around the fire.

The Program

*subject to change

  • Friday, October 13th

    Becoming Kin quote, "I am my relatives, all of them. I am related to everything. All my relations."


    4:00p – Arrival, settle in

    (Please go to the lodge first to check-in and receive your room location.)

    6:00p – Dinner

    7:00p – Greetings/Welcome

    The Beginning

    • Introduction

    • Chapter 1

    8:30p – Free Time

  • Saturday, October 14th

    Becoming Kin Quote, "Our origin story is valuable because it not only tells us who we are; it tells us who we can become."

    Our Shared History

    8:00a – Breakfast

    9:00a – Unforgetting the Past

    • Chapters 2 & 3

    11:00a – Free Time

    12:00p – Lunch

    1:00p – Unforgetting the Past

    • Chapters Four & Five

    3:30p – Free Time

    6:00p – Dinner

    7:00p – Reflection

  • Sunday, October 15

    Becoming Kin quote, "Rather than cutting off our roots because we are ashamed or afraid, we can reimagine the relationships we have inherited, and we can take up responsibilities to each other."

    Our Shared Responsibilities

    8:00a – Breakfast

    9:00a – Reimagining Our Future

    • Chapters 6 – 8

    12:00p – Lunch/Farewell