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Fisher River Language Camp

Fisher River Language Camp

Hello my name is Gerry Mason,
I’m from Fisher River Cree Nation and I teach at Charles Sinclair School in Fisher River
and I do an outdoor ed program. Another name for the program is the land-based
program. And we have what is called (Cree language) community heritage camp happening
here at our Fisher RIver youth cabin. One of the reasons we’re having our camp here
at our youth cabin is to have the students from the school, all our grades
are involved in this camp. Nursery to grade twelve, and they’re attending the
camp and they have the opportunity to come and listen to some elders from our
community speaking their language, which is Cree, while doing activities,
land-based activities such as fishing, hunting,
bannock making, wood cutting, about the goose and also storytelling. This is not a tennis racquet. This is for walking through the bushes they won’t trip on the bushes. You see some
snowshoes round in front, but our people here in this land a they made them sharp.
You could have a look and listen you could pass them around okay. So we have a number of activities happening where the students of our school have the
opportunity to come in and listen to those elders describing activities and
stories about their lifetime in Cree. cîmân Cîmân means “canoe”. We’re more
concentrating on the language part of the activity, not so much the activity
itself but just getting a chance to listen to our elders speaking Cree.
What we talk about, what we doing, like why we’re doing. The the students that are coming have
the opportunity to listen to not only the language but also the knowledge that
our knowledge keepers possess. So one of the benefits I’ve seen with the camp
here so far is our kids interacting with the elders and it’s a friendly
inviting relationship that they’re they’re gaining with our elders and
especially our younger kids are feeling comfortable and conversing with them in
the language. And also the one other thing about the camp, we this whole
camp was set up by our our older students in grades ten and eleven, and
so the the whole camp here was set up for them, by them for for this particular
camp and they did a good job. And I think our elders that came,
are appreciating this whole environment which would be their
environment when they were ,you know living off the land. When we speak our name, we have a place in
the community. (Cree language) means we’re together. And we have
much to learn from the old people long ago.

1 comment on “Fisher River Language Camp

  1. Good for all of you who are passing on your culture and skills to your kids. Culture is critical to who we each are.

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