Red Lake to Host Ojibwe Language & Culture Camp

Published July 15, 2017

RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION – The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians will host an Ojibwe Language and Culture Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 18 to 20, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. for the fifth consecutive year.

The three-day camp will feature canoeing and swimming, lacrosse, moccasin game, drum and dance, plant identification, crafts, birch bark making, leatherwork, drum stick making, traditional Anishinaabe teachings and more. The camp’s main location will be the Ponemah Round House in the back woods of Obaashiing. Transportation and meals are provided.

This is a time that Red Lake children, families and community look forward to; it provides them an opportunity to immerse themselves in Ojibwemowin and our rich culture. Great efforts are made to teach children the importance of kinship, language and culture; this helps to build confidence. Elders play a large role as teachers for the teachers.

Admission is free but limited in number. If interested in participating or for more information, contact Red Lake Chemical Health at 218-679-3392 or Ponemah Outpatient. Red Lake Chemical Health, Red Lake Economic Development and Planning, and Red Lake Head Start Immersion School host the Camp,

The Gabeshiwin (camp) is part of Red Lake Nation’s Ojibwemowin (Ojibwe Language) Revitalization efforts.

It’s a community event and everyone is welcome! If you have any additional questions, please contact: Karen Barrett or Reyna Lussier, Red Lake Chemical Health, 218-679-3392,

Statement by Gichi-Ma’iingan (Larry Stillday) at the closing of the 2013 Gabeshiwin:

“I’ve seen a lot of wisdom here. The kids picked up on what was going on right away and took a chance to express themselves. I taught no one, they taught me, they taught me what I don’t know.”

“Nothing is lost. Let the little ones live. No one is coming from across the sea to hurt them. They are going to sing the words of the old people. This has been a powerful healing. Wisdom is here. Each child has a gift. We provided an opportunity. I don’t want these kids to believe they have lost something.

“Yes, they are speaking our language. It is like singing, singing a song that the old ones want to hear. The young ones will never know there was a loss. We provided a place for them. This is where they are from. Quit teaching that they have lost something. Our youth will pick it up. We just have to give them the opportunity. This has been nothing but learning. All will go away with something. All will go away as better people.” ~ ROAD TO PONEMAH: The Teachings of Larry Stillday


Photos by Michael Meuers

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