- If you had the chance to meet other Pagans from all across Canada,
what would you talk about?
Last year, in Edmonton, the first National Canadian Pagan Conference
brought together over 100 people from coast to coast. This year
people in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec
who attended last year (and some who missed it) are coming all the
way to Halifax to meet Maritime Pagans in May (19th-22nd, St. Mary's
The conference is something new in Canada - actual conferring . . .
among people who would otherwise never meet. No "experts" offering
workshops or lectures, just regular grass-roots Pagans talking to
We arrange moderated round-table discussions on whatever subjects YOU
want to discuss. (Email me if you want to discuss one of the topics
and/or if you want to see others on the agenda.) So far people have
asked to talk such subjects as dealing with government agencies,
schools, etc. (what are our religious righs?). Pagans in the
professions (why so few?). Operating Pagan businesses. Forming
official `churches', getting charitable status . . . and maybe some
solitaries and small-group people would like to talk about why they
don't see the need for churches. And a repeat feature the "path"
panels . . . Wiccans, Asatruar, Druids, etc., talking about their
scene in different parts of the country.
Our guest speakers are two Canadian authors whose books
are deeper than the regular how-to tomes - Shelley Rabinovitch
with "An It Harm None", about Wiccan morals and ethics, and Brendan
Myers with "Dangerous Religion", about environmentalism from a Druid
viewpoint. Lively discussion to follow.
And there's the academic stream - Canadian Pagan academics giving
papers on aspects of Paganism in Canada . . . a popular feature last
year, giving a sense of validation to Paganism as an academic subject
and to us as a movement.
Not just a gab-fest we have a session of singing together and
exchanging songs & chants. And we'll show three short films - about
building a wicker-man, Druids in Ontario, and folk magic in the
Maritimes - with the film-makers attending.
And there'll be a banquet, a Celtic music night in a Halifax pub, and
good times after-hours. Opening and closing rits, organized by the
For more info and for registration forms, go to
See you in May!