Oji-Cree Traditional Elders and Youth “Gathering”
The youth and elders all indicated that this was a first time that this kind of session has occurred....
Took place December 7, 8, 2010.
The youth and elders all indicated that this was a first time that this kind of session has occurred. Their desire is to keep this momentum going and continue this process of passing on the knowledge. The elders expressed a concern that we are losing these teachings at a rapid rate and our own people will not even know what traditional knowledge is so the continuing of transfer of knowledge needs to be done. It is too important for our people, for our children and grandchildren and their children because once it is lost, it is gone, and while we have the chance to rebuild and grow, we should take that opportunity to use our elders and youth together.
One suggestion was that these gatherings be done in conjunction with the four seasons in the future. Each season has a different role in regards to traditional medicine/food/knowledge etc so to host forums/workshops during these specific seasons, the focus will more defined and this way the youth and communities will also learn about how the seasons work with the elders teachings and knowledge.
We would like lastly to thank the Kevin Beardy, Kathi Kinew Avery, Leanne Gillis, Byron Beardy and Andy Wood for all their assistance and to Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for this wonderful opportunity. It was well received and as stated in the opening remarks, according to the participants this has never been done and would to continue so from Four Arrows RHA communities we thank you.