Create an opportunity for the passing of knowledge and tradition in cree, With traditional teachers Alice Shecapio-Blacksmith and teacher Judy Shecapio-Blacksmith, Ouje’s elder Charlie Bosum was the teacher for the baby rattle workshop- he provided materials needed for the rokshop, such as crooked knives for all participants. He also took the time to prepare the hides for use and hung the rattle frames at his camp for fast-drying so we could complete the project in three days. Throughout the three day workshop, we had guest speakers talk about the reinforce the importance of maintaining culture and tradition in constructing a strong family unit and to also promote the arts and crafts industry as a viable source of income. We had guest speaker Wayne Rabbitskin present on the effects of inter-generational trauma through his own personal story. He discussed the important role fathers play in the lives of their children and about the concept of ‘forgiveness’. Wednesday, we invited Cree Nation Government Cree Language Coordinator, Dorothy Stewart. She spoke about the importance of maintaining the Cree language in the home, how it is the parents’ responsibility to maintain this important aspect of culture. We also had a discussion for the moms on the use of the ‘moss bag’ and how it provides security for babies. Thursday, we welcomed Mistissini storyteller Thomas Coon. He entertained the group with amusing stories that had deep messages about the commitment to such family values as protection, sharing and humility.
The project took place over four days at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute; Tuesday November 20 – Thursday, November 22, 4-8 pm and Friday 1-5pm. Project was a collaborative effort between Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute and local Department of Justice and Correctional Services. Goal for project was to teach the importance of passing a traditional skills, promotion of arts and crafts and promotional of family and teachers working together with you to learn and teach each other to build strong relationships. Project was successful with the participants.
Event took place Thursday November 29, 2018 from 2pm-8pm at the Ouje-Bougoumou Council chambers. Event was in collaboration with Justine Mianscum (Benefits Counellor). Two workshops were given by Ouje-Bougoumou CNACA representative Harold Bosum & Nellie Gray
In the hour and a half demonstration, Harold showed participants how to make tamarack goose decoys. Nellie made small beaded ornaments on moose hide. For her workshop, we provide a very small piece of hide, some beads, thread and needles. She had 6 participants at her hour and a half workshop.. We also had Kizis Miktchell provide his service to cut hair throughout the event.