James Smith finding identity, healing through land-based teachings – meadowlakeNOW

Jun 6, 2024

James Smith Cree Nation (JSCN) is ‘Embracing their Way of Life’ this week, by gathering on community grounds for a handful of cultural events.

From June 3 – 7, activities are planned throughout the day to help teach the youth about their culture and give them the opportunity to find their identity.

“‘Embracing Our Way of Life’ was the title of our gathering this week, and having these gatherings is very important to all of our communities right across Canada,” explained cultural coordinator, Jarret Nelson.

“Our way of life evolves around our connection to the land and the animals. This week reflects on who we are, how we lived during each season, how we gathered together, and how we sat together. We want to teach youth their roles, responsibilities, cultures, and traditions because it’s stuff like that that brings us all together. We’re trying to revive that.”

Around the First Nation, there were teepees, sweat lodges, craft areas, outdoor cooking areas, hide workshops, smudges, pipe ceremonies, drum teachings, equine therapy, and more.

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