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Mamawe Ota Askihk – Sharing Life Together Here on Earth
August 19 - August 23
Gather with Indigenous community leaders and settler allies to reclaim the homegrown, the homespoken, the homebred, 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, build drums, make pemmican, ferment vegetables and more.
Come root yourself in an understanding of the land as our health. 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.
We will gather every morning for worship and language teachings. Participants will be able to move between hands-on activity stations throughout the day as they wish. We expect to offer drum making, vegetable fermenting, sourdough bread making (from wheat to loaf), berry picking, sausage making, lard rendering, medicine gathering, pemmican making, grandfather rock gathering and gardening.
Download our schedule. Details subject to change!
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 over age 12 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 the festival is limited and we are committed to having a balance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people participate.
Festival Pass: $460
A Festival Pass includes all meals and snacks, Monday-Friday.
If you are a SSSC student, contact us about receiving a Learning Circle credit for your participation in the festival.
Indoor accommodations: $250
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.
Camping accommodations: $50
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. Once your registration is confirmed, we ask for a non-refundable deposit of 15% of your festival pass and accommodations. The remainder of the fees are 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 please talk to us! Our funds are limited but we’ll do our best to help you find funding to attend.
TRANSPORTATION & ACCOMMODATIONS
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. We may have a small amount of 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.