YAWC hosted an On-the-Land Camp for families of MMIWG, May 25-31st at Minto Landing on the Traditional Territory of the Selkirk First Nation. Throughout the camp, up to 35 members took part in ceremonies, workshops and knowledge sharing while listening to stories from the Elders, traditional activities and support circles.
Highlights of the week included carving, moosehide talks, jewellery making, medicine picking, canvas bags, keychain lanyards, sewing kits for scissors and chokers—campfire talks with hot dogs, marshmallows & smores.
YAWC wants to thank Selkirk First Nation for the in-kind use of the Minto facilities, including tent frames, RV’s, generator, and so much more. Big thank you to our local SFN Coordinator Rebecca Roberts who did a fantastic job choosing all our resources from the Northern Tutchone Nation. Thank you to Oprah Harper for all her help throughout this camp. Our camp maintenance workers Douglas & Marvin Silverfox and our cooks Marion Edward and Miranda Blanchard.
The SFN Elders Franklin Roberts, Peter Isaac, and others for showcasing the traditional knowledge. Workshop talk on moosehide processes by Audrey & Don Trudeau, Carving with renowned Master Carver Eugen Alfred, Traditional Medicine important protocols with Roger Alfred, and Nancy Alfred for teaching drumming songs and dance to the children.
Entertainment was provided by Jerry Alfred, which all participants enjoyed. Pelly Crossing RCMP Constables Saxby and Ryan and M Division RCMP Historical Case Unit Julia.YTG’s Victim Services Priscilla Clarkin and Mental Health Worker Dyana Wilkinson. YTG’s Family Information Liaison Unit coordinators Stephanie Sullivan. Xhastin Healing Yvonne Jack and Helen Gartner.
Van bibber Trucking generously DONATED $250.00 worth of diesel to keep the heaters going for our Elders to be warm – Big Mussi-Cho to Adam Vanbibber! We sincerely appreciated this donation!
A Special Mussi-Cho to all our participants – for sharing, trusting & holding each other up.
For more information about this camp and other MMIWG Outreach Projects visit https://yawc.ca/.../outreach.../mmiwg-outreach-program