Thursday August 9

Set up day

Supper at 5pm

6:00 - Pipe ceremony


Friday August 10

7 to 8 am- Breakfast

8:30 to 11:30 amCultural Teachings (15 minute break at 9:45 am)

Explanation of: Prayer, tobacco, sweet-grass, sage, prints, pipe, songs

Respect and Boundary settings

12:00 to 1:00 - Lunch

1:00– explanation of what a sweat is and why we use it

1:30- gather material and build sweat lodge

3:00  to 5:00– sweat

6:00  to 7:00– supper

8:00– Rec time


Saturday August 11

7 to 8 am- Breakfast

8:30 to 11:30 amCultural Teachings (15 minute break at 9:45 am)

Explanation of ceremonies: kabeetong, trading dance, Sundance

Self- empowerment

12:00 to 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 to 2:00 – story of our origin

2:00 to 3:00 – Reflect and feedback on teachings

3:00 to 5:00– fishing, hunting

6:00 to 7:00– supper

8:00– Rec time


Sunday August 12

7 to 8 am- Breakfast

Break up camp and go home


O’Chiese First Nation hosted a Youth Cultural Camp as a way to try to sustain the culture because we are losing our language and the younger generation is losing interest in spiritual activities on our reserve. We needed to start with the basics. The workshops were to teach from the ground up for example we went in-depth into why do we use tobacco? Sweet grass? What is the purpose of the pipe ceremony (Kapeetong)? Why is it a crucial ceremony? And how do you get your namesakes (which are spiritual guides for us).


The youth learned how to make a sweat, the protocols, and teaching respect to one another. They also learned about consequences, boundaries and why it is so important for us to keep our spirit alive, well and healthy. We taught that alcohol and drugs get people away from the human journey of living well and about personal empowerment. It was a really good cultural weekend for the youth and the kids were so happy. In the end, we had18 youth participate along with 3 Elders and supervisors. It was a successful camp!


We would like to thank Merlin, the organizer and the Elders George Strawberry, Charlie Whitford and Jack Chipaway and the workshop presenters.


Submitted by Danita Strawberry   


For more information or to see pictures of this event see September 2012 Edition of the O'Chiese Local Community Newsletter