Read the April 2022 issue of Mithomahcihowin – NCN Family & Community Wellness Centre’s bi-monthly health and wellness news update.
Creating Success by Returning to Traditions
The aim of the FCWC Land Base Program is to help Citizens with the transition from social assistance to the work field. It does this by providing opportunities for young people to gain traditional skills and to return to a relationship with the lands and waters of NCN.
An important component is mentorship from instructors, who are local Elders. Their guidance includes cultural teachings and soft skills, such as responsibility, decision-making and discipline.
The Land Base Program curriculum is guided by nature’s seasons. Some annual activities include snowshoe making; catching, preparing and smoking fish; hunting, trapping and tanning hides; arts and crafts such as dreamcatchers, drums, rattles and birch baskets; medicine and berry picking; sundance, sweats, and smudging. Cree language is encouraged as much as possible.
“Home is where the heart is; my heart is as wild as the wind, free as the animals and scary as nature,” posted participant Johnathan Spence, who says he is also known as Standing Tall White Bear, on the FCWC Facebook page. “The campgrounds are where I connect with nature and myself. Leftrook is the heart of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation youth.”
Participants spend time at the Land Base Cabin, and at Mile 35, Baldock Lake, Leftrook, and other local sites. They gain experience on trails throughout NCN on sled and foot, and learn about outdoor safety and survival in all activities.
To learn more about this program, either to be a participant or an employee, call the Family and Community Wellness Centre at 204-484-2341.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Sports: More Than Just a Game
- Healthy Dental Habits for the Win
- Two New Films About NCN
- The Basics of a Healthy Diet
- Join the FCWC Team!
- COVID-19 Public Service Announcement
- Jordan’s Principle: Five Years Later
- Learning About Autism
- Your Path to Wellness: Dreamcatchers Headstart Program
- Your Path to Wellness: Manitoba Telehealth