Cul­tural Con­nec­tion

Youth come to­gether to learn about Labrador cul­ture at an­nual gath­er­ing

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY BON­NIE LEARN­ING

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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Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

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.

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