Kikawīnaw Askiy Nīkān
A land-based Cree Immersion Camp rooted in reclaiming the relationship we have with our language and Mother Earth
July 29 August 2nd
Poundmaker Indian Reserve
As with all Cree communities, Poundmaker Indian Reserve is home to a unique style of Plains Cree language. Celeste Tootoosis is fluent in the local Cree language style and has been actively working to maintain and promote Nehiyawewin to all generations and people. She is fluent in the language and has 30 years of teaching experience. She has facilitated multiple cultural immersion camps over the years and has gained valuable insight on how to facilitate and pass on the language to younger generations.
The Praire Livelihood Project supports and promotes the revitalization and utilization of our indigenous languages which is a main component of our mission and value system.
Who should attend?
This camp is for youth 18 and under. However, families, children in care, people who want to learn the Cree language in a land-based setting are all encouraged to attend. Adults who apply as volunteer and qualify will receive the same lessons and benefits of the camp.
What will we be doing at the camp?
Centring language with land based practices and activities like Berry picking, plant walks, harvesting plants and animals, dry meat making, stories, hikes on the land and history of Poundmaker and his people, morning songs, songs, circle checks in Cree, and the cooking and sharing of traditional foods. There is also a component utilizing Plains Indian sign languages.
What should we bring?
Participants should pack to be self-sufficient and self-reliant. The camp does provide certain amenities such as water, cooking station, latrine areas, and wash stations. However, we encourage all participants to pack to meet their own needs. It is recommended that you pack as if you are going camping for five days. See the general packing list for details.
How much does it cost?
This camp is open to the youth. However, if you wish to make a donation, offer a service or contribute in your own way you are encouraged to do so.
Who do I contact for more details?
Please contact Celeste Tootoosis if you have any questions: 1-306-480-2661 email@example.com