County endorses culture camp

Richard Froese
South Peace News

A youth summer culture camp planned by the High Prairie Native Friendship Centre is being supported by Big Lakes County.

At its regular meeting Jan. 10, county council consented to submit a letter of support to the centre for a Community Initiatives Program grant application to host two Changing My Life culture camps in July and August.

Last year, the county sponsored $500 for the program.

“Free to all youth ages 12-15, the culture camps for at-risk youth will provide cultural teachings and a sense of belonging that they require with leading future healthy productive lives,” says a letter from executive director Lyanne Gram- mer.

“Due to the inter-generational trauma of residential schools and a loss of cultural identity and spirituality for Indigenous peoples, much of the Indigenous culture was lost and Indigenous people were deprived of generations of elder teachings.”

In partnership with an Elder, mentors and a cultural navigator, the culture camp will provide Indigenous-specific programming which includes incorporating traditional values with intervention methods such as gang reduction strategies, mental health projects, medicinal plant recognition, traditional drying and smoking fish and moose meat, fishing, sweat ceremonies, Seven Sacred Teachings, the Medicine Wheel, arts and crafts ands much more.


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