Kiskinohamakewin Cultural Camp

“Teach & Learn by Doing”

Eight tipis will be raised on the Parkdale School grounds. Knowledge Keepers for each tipi will host ceremonies and traditional teachings for different participants each day. 

Day 1 – Bent Arrow Staff & Children Services Partners

Day 2 – Families we serve

Day 3 – Community Agency Partners

Day 4 – Closing Ceremony with all participants

Day 1

June 17 – Bent Arrow Staff and Children Services Partners

On Friday, Bent Arrow staff and CS partners will have options to participate in ceremonies and traditional teachings supporting their Practice as Ceremony with families.

TimesEvent Activities
8:30am to 9:00amMorning Pipe Ceremony
9:00am to 9:15amSmudge & Prayer
9:20am to 9:45amIntroduction of Guests
9:45am to 10:00amBreak
10:00am to 11:30amDr. Reg Crowshoe
11:45am to 12:45pmLunch
1:00pm to 3:00pm.Breakout Teachings Tipi’s
3:15pm to 4:30pmBreakout Teachings Tipi’s
5:00pm to 8:00pmSweat-Tom Snow

Day 2

June 18 – Families & Community

On Saturday, general registration is open to the community to participate in ceremonies and traditional teachings supporting their Practice as Ceremony with families.

TimesEvent Activities
9:00am-10:30amMorning Pipe Ceremony
10:30am to 10:45amSmudge & Prayer
10:45am to 12:00pmLeonard and Amanda Cardinal
12:00pm to 1:00pmLunch
1:15pm-4:00pmKnowledge Holders
5:00pm to 8:00pmSweat-Chris Yellowbird

Day 3

June 20 – Community Agency Partners

On Monday, Community agency partners will have options to participate in ceremonies and traditional teachings supporting their Practice as Ceremony with families.

TimesEvent Activities
8:30am-9:00amMorning Pipe Ceremony
9:00am-9:15amSmudge and Prayer
9:15am-9:30amIntroduction of Guest
9:30-9:45amBreak
9:45am-11:15amDr. Ralph Boder and Dr. Leona Makokis
11:30am to 12:30pmLunch
12:45pm to 4:30pmKnowledge Holders
5:00pm to 8:00pmSweat-Rose Wabasca

Day 4

June 21 – Closing Ceremony with all participants

On Tuesday, all participants will have options to participate in closing ceremony and National Indigenous People’s Day festivities.

TimesEvent Activities
10:00ams to 12:00pmPipe Ceremony & Ceremonial Feast
12:00pm to 4:00pmGiveaway
Performers (Events Tent) National Indigenous People’s Day
5:00pm to 8:00pmSweat-Tom Snow

Please Acknowledge

There may be videotaping and photographs taken during the four days, while maintaining respect for ceremonial requirements. Females are requested to wear long skirts (preferable) or bring a wrap-around that can be worn over pants in respect for ceremonial protocols. Cloth for participants attending the sweat will be available on site at a reduced cost.

Women attending the Sweat:

  • Out of respect for women, please do not enter or approach the lodge during or for 4 days after the moon time (menses).
  • Respect to the ceremony to be clean 4 days prior and 4 days after ceremony to NOT use drugs or alcohol.
  • Questions about this protocol should be directed to oskapios (helpers) or elder conducting the sweat lodge.
  • Women are expected to wear a long skirt or gown (not see through) and a loose fitted dark t-shirt with a crew neck both in and around the outside of the lodge. Women are encouraged to bring a towel into the lodge.
  • Woman have a connection to Mother Earth and are life givers.
  • Women enter the lodge on their knees and crawl clockwise to the south of the lodge. Women sit with their legs both to one side or straight out in front with a towel or blanket covering their legs.
  • Women do not cross the alter in front of the doorway.
  • Women are not to cross the line between the fire and the lodge when the pipes are being filled.
  • Mothers who wish to bring in their infants or very small children are encouraged to ask for directions on how best to prepare themselves and their children prior to entering the lodge (for our families or your own children).
  • Pregnant women are encouraged to participate after consulting with their doctor.