Elders healing camp helps young and old reconnect with the land

Ten years ago the community of Poplar River First Nation, built a healing camp with residential school survivors' compensation funding. Since then several families, dozens of youths and elders have travelled hundreds of miles within the boreal forest to attend the camp, to share stories and reconnect with traditional teachings. Many people believe that the critical ingredient to healing for First Nations is spending more time on the land.

The Weaver Lake Healing Camp is a very real example of how we can heal our communities on the land,” said Poplar River’s Sophia Rabliauskas, spokesperson for the Pimachiowin Aki Corp., the group leading efforts to have the area designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Author Alanna Mitchell talks with CJOB's Richard Cloutier about her visit to the Elders Camp. Listen to the interview. The CJOB broadcast is protected by copyright and made available to Pimachiowin Aki with the permission of Corus Radio. Copyright © 2006-2010 CJOB

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A feather is passed around a circle in the teepee. Tradition has it that whoever holds the feather can speak openly and others will listen respectfully. See more videos.
The 10th annual Elders Healing Camp starts with a traditional prayer in a large teepee on a remote lake in the traditional territory of Poplar River First Nation. See more photos.