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Mamawe Ota Askihk – Sharing Life Together Here on Earth

August 21, 2023 - August 25, 2023

a spiritual gathering for land based learning

Gather with Indigenous and settler allies to reclaim the homegrown, the homespoken, the homebred, and the homemade:
  • Learn drum songs
  • Do a Medicine and Wetland Ecology Walk with Taylor Galvin of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
  • Break down a beef quarter
  • Make a smoker and smoke meat
  • Learn from traditional teachings and Christian scriptures with Deb Anderson-Pratt, Indigenous pastor
  • Meet old friends, make new friends.
  • And more!

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. 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.

Food for us comes from our relatives, whether they have wings or fins or roots. That is how we consider food. Food has a culture. It has a history. It has a story. It has relationships.–Winona LaDuke











We will gather every morning for ceremony and teachings.

Participants will be able to move between hands-on activity stations throughout the day as they wish. We expect to make hand drums, sew ribbon skirts, smoke meat, break down a beef quarter and chicken or geese, go on a wetlands walk, pressure can meat, ride horses, pick sage, hold a sweat ceremony, learn drum songs, work in the garden and more. Schedule coming soon!

All ages are welcome to participate in all activities. Youth and children will have opportunities to participate in some activities with their families and other times to connect with other youth and children with the guidance of our youth leaders.

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, sharing their experience at the different activity stations, teaching a game or physical exercise and/or telling a story around the fire.

The program runs from breakfast at 8:00 am on Monday morning until our closing circle wraps up at 8:00 pm on Friday night.

Participants are welcome to arrive as early as 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 20 (evening snacks will be provided) and stay until 10 am on Saturday, August 26 (breakfast will be provided).

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If you would like to be notified if spots become available, click here to add your name to the wait list.

All ages are welcome. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver.

Space is limited and we are committed to having a balance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people participate.


Once you’ve registered, you’ll be directed to make an online payment to secure your spot, or wait for confirmation that any bursary you have requested is available.

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Registration and accommodation 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 hosts and organizers.

Registration: $350 (per person)

All meals and snacks, Monday-Friday, are included, plus the choice of making a ribbon skirt or hand drum you can take home.

If you are checking in on Sunday night (instead of Monday morning), an extra evening snack will be included.

If you are checking out on Saturday morning (instead of Friday night), an extra breakfast will be included.




Camping accommodations (per person): $50

You can pitch your tent on the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre grounds and will have access to shared washroom facilities on site.


Indoor accommodations (price varies according to room): $300-$500 

You will stay in a guest lodge on site. Individual or shared rooms are available. All washrooms are shared.

Single Occupancy Room: $300

Double Occupancy Room: $400 (max 2 people, either with 1 double bed, or 2 single beds)

Family Room: $500 (max 4 people, 1 double bed, plus up to 2 camp cots)




If these fees would prevent you from coming, request a bursary on your registration form.

Limited funds are available to cover registration and/or travel costs, with a priority for youth and Indigenous participants.



Payment instructions

Payment can be made online by debit or credit card once you have registered.


If you requested a bursary when you registered we’ll be in touch!

If you can pitch in something extra to help offset the fees of a low-income participant, you can make a donation when you register. You’ll receive a tax receipt and help keep this event accessible to everyone – thank you!



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The program runs from breakfast at 8:00 am on Monday morning until our closing circle wraps up at 8:00 pm on Friday night.

Check in between 6:00 pm on Sunday, Aug. 20 and 8:00 am on Monday, Aug. 21 when our program starts.

Check out between 8:00 pm on Friday Aug. 25 when our program ends until 10 am on Saturday, Aug. 26.

The registration form will ask for your travel plans so we know whether you will need accommodations on Sunday and/or Friday night and whether to have a snack for you on Sunday evening and/or breakfast for you on Saturday morning.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. We have a small amount of funding available to assist with the transportation costs of Indigenous participants. Please tell us what costs you need help with when you register.

If you are interested in carpooling we’ll do our best to connect you with other participants traveling from the same place.


Accommodations will be provided in the guest lodges at the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. Participants can also choose to bring their own tent to stay outdoors at the Centre.

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For more information, contact the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre at 204-268-3913 or connect@sandysaulteaux.ca.
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August 21, 2023
August 25, 2023