Experience our life-changing culture camps for yourself and learn about the beauty and worldviews embedded within Indigenous languages, culture, values and traditional teachings as part of your journey towards reconciliation. Our experiential culture camps are based on The Indigenous Circle Approach to Cultural Confidence™.
Each culture camp will guide participants through a variety of activities that will help build cultural confidence.
These introductory camps are designed for you to have an authentic, participatory, hands-on, cultural educational experience that will help you to:
Understand the history of Canada from a First Nations perspective
Learn more about First Nations culture and language
Learn in a comfortable, safe, inclusive environment
Be able to ask those awkward questions without feeling silly or embarrassed
Explore reconciliation for both your personal and professional growth
Learn how to create positive relationships with Indigenous people and communities
Have fun! Laugh a little! Share some stories! Participate in traditional teachings! Belong!
This cultural experience is not for you if you want:
A linear approach with a clear beginning and end – it is circular, concepts will be interwoven and layered
A reflection of all teachings and nations in Canada. We will focus primarily on the teachings of our Elder (Oji-Cree) and local community (Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee.)
An academic-focused day of discussion filled with theory and pedagogy
Peshik Culture Camp
Peshik is an Oji-Cree word meaning “number one”
Peshik Culture Camp – Level 1 Introductory Camp
Includes opening prayer and smudge, connection exercise, the Blanket Exercise – an interactive history of Canada through Indigenous experience and worldview, sharing circle, lunch, small group cultural activities, singing, drumming, crafts, fireside storytelling and closing ceremony. Lunch and snacks included.
Niishin Culture Camp
Niishin is an Oji-Cree word meaning “number two”
Niishin Culture Camp – Level 2 Culture and Protocol Camp
Includes opening prayer and smudge, connection exercise, both large group and small group cultural and ceremonial teachings and preparation activities, singing, drumming, fireside storytelling and closing ceremony. Lunch and snacks included.
This camp provides a full day of teachings for preparing to participate in a sacred sweatlodge ceremony. There is an option to participate in the ceremony after the camp is finished. In keeping with First Nations protocol and teachings, there is no charge to participate in the sweatlodge ceremony itself.
All camps include:
A full day (or two days) of combined indoor / outdoor experience complete with cooking fire (Peshik Camp), sacred fire (Niishin Camp), and tipis
Traditional cultural teachings with an Elder and Knowledge Keepers
Lunch with traditional foods
Opportunities to interact and engage with camp participants, Indigenous team leaders and local Indigenous community members through sharing circles, camp activities, and informal discussion
Interactive cultural activities to engage the senses and deepen the learning
Post camp access to the private Facebook page to maintain connections with fellow camp participants