Youth come together to learn about Labrador culture at annual gathering
It was a weekend filled with friendship, fun and culture, as the 18th Annual Multi Cultural Youth Gathering ( MCYG) took place at the Labrador Christian Youth Camp Aug. 9 – 11.
Organizers Jennifer Mesher, Courtney Blake and Kim Mugford said they were ver y pleased with this year’s turnout for the event.
“We had 18 participants from age 12 – 19 at this year’s MCYG, from Nain, Hopedale, Sheshatshiu and Happy Valley- Goose Bay,” said Blake.
“The MCYG is an event where youth can learn about their own culture and other’s cultures, get away from home and get out in nature.”
The participants had a jam- packed weekend of games, crafts, campfires and other events, complete with a menu of traditional foods over the twoday event.
“Innu Elder Elizabeth Penashue showed us how to make dream catchers the first night, and Kirk Lethbridge provided entertainment by singing and playing guitar around the campfire,” said Mesher.
She noted a sweat lodge ceremony was conducted by Sheshatshiu’s Max Penashue on the last day of the event.
“He explained what the sweat lodge was about as it relates to the Innu, and explained the rules of using a sweat lodge. It was really good.”
Planning for the event started in early June, and this was the first time for organizing th e event for al l t h ree women.
“It was great to learn more about other cultures and to meet different people from around Labrador,” said Mugford.
“Everyone who took par t really seemed to enjoy it,” said Mesher. “A lot of them didn’t want to leave.”
Blake added it was a “great experience.”
“I would definitely do this again next year,” she said.
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Kim Mugford, Courtney Blake and Jennifer Mesher were the organizers of this summer’s 18th Annual Multi Cultural Youth Gathering.
Max Winters and Elizabeth Penashue were two of the elders who took part in the MCYG this year
Craig Wyatt enjoyed the weiner roast and campfire at the MCYG, while Kirk Lethbridge provided some live entertainment.
David Graham takes rocks from the campfire to place in the sweat lodge.