Mamawe Ota Askihk – Sharing Life Together Here on Earth
August 20 - August 25
Gather with Indigenous community leaders and settler allies to reclaim the homebred, the homespoken, the homegrown, and the homemade.
Our week together will include hands-on learning about growing, harvesting and preparing medicines and foods from the land. There will be time for listening, sharing, singing, ceremony and sharing good food together. We will gather medicines, work in the garden, make moccasins, can tomatoes and more.
Come root yourself in an understanding of the land as our health. Come walk a healing path with young people. Share in the spiritual teaching, laughter, and new learning. And most importantly, taste the beauty of friendships formed through nurturing one another as the earth nurtures us.
All ages welcome.
We acknowledge the support of The United Church of Canada’s Justice and Reconciliation Fund and Mennonite Central Committee’s Indigenous Neighbours program in making this event possible.
We will gather every morning for worship and reflection on the Seven Sacred Teachings. Participants will be able to move between hands-on activity stations throughout the day as they wish. We expect to offer medicine teachings, sage and sweet grass harvesting, tomato canning, salsa, sauce and ketchup making, pow wow drum making, deer hide tanning, moccasin making, and honey extraction. Children are welcome in all of aspects of the festival.
We will share meals together three times a day. An evening fire will follow the dinner-hour for sharing stories of land and healing.
Participants will be invited to contribute to the week by helping in the kitchen, leading music in worship, sharing their experience at the different activity stations, teaching a game or physical exercise and/or telling a story around the fire.
Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Please fill out an application form for each individual. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver.
Space at both the festival and the feast are limited and we are committed to having a balance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people participate.
Children 12 and under are free and youth prices apply to participants ages 13-18.
We hope you will bring friends and family. If you register with a group or family of 4 or more people, you will each get $10 off a Day Pass or $50 off a Festival Pass.
Adult Festival Pass: $320 ($370 after July 31)
Youth Festival Pass: $160 ($185 after July 31)
A Festival Pass includes all meals and snacks, Monday-Saturday.
Adult Day Pass: $80 ($90 after July 31)
Youth Day Pass: $40 ($45 after July 31)
A Day Pass includes meals and snacks.
Receive a SSSC Learning Circle credit for your participation: $100
This option is available for SSSC students who attend the full festival. Contact the Keeper of the Learning Circle at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Adult indoor accommodations: $250
Youth indoor accommodations: $110
You will stay in a guest lodge on site, or be billeted with a friend of SSSC close by for the duration of the festival.
Adult camping accommodations: $50
Youth accommodations: $25
You can pitch your tent on the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre grounds and will have access to washroom facilities on site.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card. We ask for a 15% deposit once your registration is confirmed, with the remainder of the fees due when you arrive at the festival.
These fees help us prepare for an incredible week of hands-on learning, acquire the supplies and good food for enjoying together, cover travel for elders and teachers and recognize the time and contributions of the festival organizers. If these fees would prevent you from coming though – talk to us! We don’t want money to be a barrier to your participation.
Transportation & Accommodations
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. We have some funding available to assist with the transportation costs of Indigenous participants. Contact us for details.
The application form invites you to share your travel plans with us and to indicate whether you are interested in carpooling so that we can connect you with other participants traveling from the same place.
Accommodations will be provided in the guest lodges at the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, or, if additional lodging is required, with a friend of the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre who lives close by. Participants can also choose to bring their own tent to stay outdoors at the Centre.
For more information, contact the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre at 204-268-3913 or email@example.com.