June 2017

Empowering Young Men and Women

Last year’s Kids Culture Camp was incredible! Now we just can’t wait for this year’s Camp. The camp will run from August 7 - 11 this year at the Pioneer Lodge, Sundre, Alberta. Our Oskapew program for older boys was an amazing time spent with 5 young men exploring the journey of becoming great leaders. This program ran alongside and integrated into the regular camping program that is focused on kids 8 to 12 years old. This year, we are excited to run the Oskapew leadership program for both our young women and men; a major expansion to the leadership training component of our camping program. Kids Culture Camp is now in its 16th year providing a safe, holistic, spiritual and cultural environment where lessons of love, trust, respect, honesty, wisdom, courage and humility are lived out communally.

As the years of camping experiences pile up, more and more of these young kids are introduced to a lifestyle that comprises the best of our First nations values and traditions, alongside being introduced to a unique community of caring and unconditional love by leaders who are followers of the Jesus way.

If you would like to help encourage these camps to continue, here are two practical ways:
1.Help send a kid to camp Actual cost is around $450. We try and raise the 250 believing their family or band will come up with $200.

2. Come as a volunteer: contact Lisa Laird at 306-261-3251 or email lisalaird@gmail.com.

Since 2002 Indigenous Pathways (My People and IEmergence), in partnership with other entities, has run the Kids Culture Camp experience for First Nations children from Native communities, foster care families and urban communities. The purpose of the camp is to provide a safe, holistic, spiritual and cultural environment where lessons of love, trust, respect, wisdom, courage and humility are lived out communally. The incredible setting is in the Foothills of the Rockies, not far from Sundre, Alberta. Our completely volunteer staff of around 30 is comprised mostly of First Nations young people and adults, enjoying along with the kids, time on the land, horsemanship, traditional crafts and sports, swimming, story-telling, and campfire time before their nighttime rest in the tipis.

For more on what happens in camp, visit this page.

Dinamaaganik: All My Relations

It is with much anticipation and excitement that the iEmergence Mish Adventures Camp staff have packed their bags and head out from their home communities to travel to Mishkeegogamang First Nation for the 11th year of Mish Adventures Camp. We are delighted to have 14 returning camp staff and to welcome 6 new staff to our team this summer. We are also privileged to have a number of youth from Mishkeegogamang First Nation joining our full-time camp staff. This is definitely one of our favourite parts of camp when the youth come and live with us for three weeks to help plan for the more than 100 children from their community that will attend Kids Camp. We look forward to the time we will spend with children, youth and community members from July 1st until July 31st, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

Our theme for Mish Adventures Camp 2017 is Dinamaaganik - All My Relations. We can’t wait to discover and explore the interconnectedness of everything in the universe – the sky, the sun, the wind, the water, the plants, the animals, the land and all of the intricate parts in between – through our theme days this summer. Children and youth will have opportunities to play games, complete art activities, participate in sports, go swimming and hear stories that invite them to uncover the importance of everything around us and the relationships between them. Through the activities children and youth engage in and the conversations they have, they will gain a deeper understanding of their own place within the world and recognize how important it is for everyone and everything to be respected as they each have an important place in creation and a vital role to play in supporting the rest of life around them.

We invite you to take an opportunity to check out the stories, pictures and videos we share throughout our time in Mishkeegogamang First Nation in the month of July so you can explore, learn, grow and laugh with us. Like our page www.facebook.com/iemergence and consider giving towards the future of these young leaders! Miigwetch!