Shar­ing and cel­e­brat­ing cul­ture

Nu­natukavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil host fam­ily camps

The Labradorian - - Community - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY [email protected]

An af­ter­noon of food, fun and fel­low­ship took place in Cartwright on Dec. 1 when the Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil hosted a fam­ily cul­tural camp in the com­mu­nity.

The event was one of three sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives held in the Big Land this year as a means to share and cel­e­brate South­ern Inuit knowl­edge and cul­ture.

The ini­tia­tives were made pos­si­ble thanks to fund­ing from Indige­nous and North­ern Af­fairs Canada’s Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Ini­tia­tive.

“This is about bring­ing fam­i­lies to­gether and look­ing at im­pact­ing health and well­be­ing on a holis­tic level,” said Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil Health and So­cial Sec­tor man­ager Dar­lene Wall. “We re­ally strongly be­lieve that, when you bring peo­ple to­gether in knowl­edge shar­ing and cul­tural aware­ness, and ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment of trans­fer­ring cul­tural skills, you are of­fer­ing a safe space for peo­ple to come to­gether through the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The event was held in the 50+ Club (Mar­ion Cen­tre). A Labrador tent was also erected on the grounds.

There was mu­sic, craft mak­ing and capelin roast­ing. Par­tic­i­pants made ev­ery­thing from tou­tons to jam.

Such events in­crease self­es­teem and help fam­i­lies con­nect with each other, Wall said, which, in turn, helps with vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion.

“There were dif­fer­ent things hap­pen­ing through­out the day. It was an op­por­tu­nity to re­ally cel­e­brate the South­ern Inuit cul­ture,” she said.

Cel­e­brat­ing cul­ture Cartwright res­i­dent Lind­sey Leth­bridge at­tended the camp with her three young chil­dren. It was a fun day, she said, and great to see so many peo­ple out cel­e­brat­ing their cul­ture and way of life.

“I en­joy go­ing to these events and learn­ing from peo­ple, watch­ing them be proud of who they are as they share sto­ries. There was young and old, yummy tou­tons with tra­di­tional jams, mu­sic that makes the soul happy and some seal skin craft­ing,” she said.

Leth­bridge noted ev­ery­one was wel­come to join in the fun.

“It was awe­some to see the young chil­dren mak­ing their crafts. My kids have them brought home and placed on the Christ­mas tree with pride,” she said.

Suc­cess­ful camps

Wall said the first fam­ily cul­tural camp took place in Au­gust in St. Lewis and marked the 253rd an­niver­sary of the Bri­tishI­nuit Treaty (of 1765).

That event was also well-at­tended, she said.

“We did all kind of things from sto­ry­telling to tra­di­tional craft mak­ing... a whole realm of things.”

A sim­i­lar camp held in Septem­ber in Labrador West was also a suc­cess. Par­tic­i­pants learned ev­ery­thing from putting up a Labrador tent to haul­ing wa­ter.

“There was a na­ture walk, berry pick­ing, food mak­ing, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties. It was a time to be to­gether and to cel­e­brate our her­itage and cul­ture,” Wall said.

A camp planned for Nov. 23 in L’Anse au Clair was can­celled due to bad weather. It will be resched­uled and sim­i­lar events will be of­fered in other com­mu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.

Wall said it’s im­por­tant to note that, while the Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil hosts the camps, they are suc­cess­ful be­cause of the var­i­ous com­mu­nity part­ner­ships that make the events pos­si­ble.

“(The part­ner­ships) were in­stru­men­tal in play­ing a big part in the camps,” she said.


From left, Danielle Ward, Tia Mor­ris, Sonya Mar­tin, Lucy Mor­ris, Coby Mor­ris and Daisy Curl cut­ting out seal skin pat­terns for an or­na­ment.

Coby Mor­ris (left) cut­ting moose hide for the back­ing on his seal skin or­na­ment. Shawn Hol­well (mid­dle) and Noah Mar­tin (right) cut­ting seal skin for their pieces.

In­struc­tor Ola An­der­son (left) show­ing Saman­tha Rum­bolt how to put beads on the or­na­ments.

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