Indigenous Perspectives Workshop at Kamp Kiwanis

Track:
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education
What:
Full Day Workshop
When:
9:00 AM, Thursday 13 Feb 2020 (6 hours)
Where:
Kamp Kiwanis - Kamp Kiwanis
Location : Kamp Kiwanis - Kamp Kiwanis

*Downloadable PDF of agenda and workshop details available in documents section below.*


Overview of Indigenous Perspectives Workshop

1.) Teaching/Educational Sweat Lodge

Participants will be participating in what is known as a Teaching/Educational Sweat Lodge.

- This is an introduction to an Indigenous tradition that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is to provide participants with a basic understanding of what a Sweat Lodge is all about, the importance of a Sweat Lodge and some of what goes into creating a Sweat Lodge and exposure to some of the customs and traditions associated with a Sweat Lodge.

- The heat level is maintained at an acceptable level for most individuals. This should not be an uncomfortable endurance test. We approach it from a perspective of kindness and want every participant to feel safe and comfortable. (perhaps stretching their comfort zone just a little bit)

- There will be 2 rounds of sweating and singing. Each round will take roughly 15 to 20 minutes and each has a specific meaning to it.

- In between the rounds you will be allowed to come out if necessary and rejuvenate via cold water and fresh air. This break usually last between about 5 – 10 minutes.

- If you feel that you cannot go back into the next round, it is ok to sit out.

- Before/after or in between the rounds, feel free to speak to Casey or Walter about your experience or anything else you may need to speak to them about.

2.) Indigenous Traditional games and talking circle

Participants will be introduced and participate in some very basic traditional Indigenous hand games along with other traditional games as well as the talking circle. Key points will be to understand the significance of these traditions as well as the process and desired outcomes.

3.) Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit

This session will provide participants with a better understanding of how to address Alberta Education’s TQS goal of “Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit”.

As outlined in Alberta Education’s TQS document this session will address several key areas

such as

A teacher develops and applies foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and

Inuit for the benefit of all students.

Achievement of this competency is demonstrated by indicators such as:

(a) understanding the historical, social, economic, and political implications of:

• treaties and agreements with First Nations;

• legislation and agreements negotiated with Métis; and

• residential schools and their legacy;

(b) supporting student achievement by engaging in collaborative, whole school approaches to capacity building in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education;

(c) using the programs of study to provide opportunities for all students to develop acknowledge and understanding of, and respect for,the histories, cultures, languages, contributions,perspectives, experiences and contemporary contexts of First Nations, Métis and Inuit; and

(d) supporting the learning experiences of all students by using resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit.


INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES WORKSHOP AGENDA

AGENDA

8:45 ARRIVE AT KAMP KIWANIS (Coffee and Juice)

9:00 Introduction to the day

9:15 Indigenous Perspectives Presentation by Walter White Bear

10:00 Break and snack

10:15

  • Group 1 Goes to Educational Teaching Sweat Lodge
  • Group 2 Indigenous Traditions and Games
  • Group 3 Indigenous Foundational Knowledge and Applications

12:00

  • Group 2 Early lunch
  • Group 1 is arriving back from Sweat and changing
12:30 Group 2 heads out to Educational Teaching Sweat Lodge

12:30 Lunch for Groups 1 and 3

1:00 Groups 1 and 3 Indigenous Traditions and Games

2:45 Groups 1 and 3 wrap up

2:45 Group 2 returns and changes

3:00 Workshop is completed

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Groups 1 and 2 will be made up of people who are willing and able to participate in the Educational Teaching Sweat Lodge.

Group 3 will consist of people not able to do the Educational Teaching Sweat Lodge

These groups will be assigned upon arrival at Kamp Kiwanis


SWEAT LODGES:

The following practices need to be followed when participating in the Sweat Lodge!

The following information about what to wear and bring should be made known to all

participants prior to coming out.

What to bring?

- Large Towel, to cover your shoulders and/or legs (or two regular size).

- Personal Water bottle so that you may re-hydrate between rounds.

- Personal snacks or juices to keep your sugars up if needed.

What to wear?

- MALES:

- Gym shorts: are the most comfortable article of clothing to wear. You don’t want to wear

anything too tight because your body will need to cool down between rounds and tight

clothing will not allow for that.

- No shirt: usually men go shirtless, but you will be allowed to wear a T-shirt if it makes you

more comfortable.

- FEMALES:

- A long skirt: preferably mid-calf length and medium weight would be the most comfortable to wear. The reason for wearing a longer skirt is so that our back side and legs are covered when crawling in and out of the sweatlodge.

- Medium to dark colored shirt: lighter colored shirt’s may fade and show your underclothing, so darker shirts are best.

- Long nightgown: a lot of women prefer to wear a mid-calf length nightgown into the sweatlodge as it is more comfortable.

- Avoid heavy fabrics like denim as they can make you overheat!

- A small car blanket can be brought into the lodge to sit on for comfort.

- Women on their moon cycle are not permitted to attend the ceremony. This is for the safety of the participants and the lodge keeper. This is an act of respect and not one of segregation. Please call Walter to clarify any concerns or questions.

What not to wear!

- Jewelry: any jewelry, other than wedding rings, are not allowed as they can get really hot and burn. Items such as: watches, rings, earrings, necklaces, barrettes, bracelets and hairclips/elastics should be avoided.

- Please, no spaghetti strap tops as your shoulders and arms will be exposed and disrespectful to the elder running the sweatlodge.

All of this will also be discussed with participants prior to preparing for going to the Sweat Lodge

The Process!

- Joel or Walter will guide you through the ceremony!

- This is a Teaching/Educational Sweat Lodge. The heat level is maintained at an acceptable level for most individuals. This should not be an uncomfortable endurance test. We approach it from a perspective of kindness and want every participant to feel safe and comfortable. (perhaps stretching their comfort zone a little bit)

- There will be 2 rounds of sweating and singing. Each round will take roughly 15 to 20 minutes and each has a specific meaning to it.

- In between the rounds you will be allowed to come out if necessary and rejuvenate via cold water and fresh air. This break usually last between about 5 – 10 minutes.

- If you feel that you cannot go back into the next round, it is ok to sit out.

- Before/after or in between the rounds, feel free to speak to Joel or Walter about your experience or anything else you may need to speak to them about.

Important To Note:

- There is no fire or smoke inside of the Sweat Lodge.

- Rocks are carefully brought in and placed in a pit and water is slowly sprinkled onto them creating a hot steam.

- It is pitch black (dark) inside Sweat Lodge. You can not see your hand in front of your face.

Protocol:

- When the pipes are being filled: The pipe carriers will be seated on the ground facing the fire pit, try to speak in a softer tone at this time so that they may concentrate on their prayers. Do not cross in front of them when they are filling their pipes as they will be facing east and this is the direction from which the grandfathers/mothers come. Going around the back of the lodge to get to the other side is best. When they are finished, you can resume as normal.

- Bringing the rocks into the lodge: When the helpers are bringing the rocks into the lodge please don’t cross in front of them. The rocks need to be brought in without falling and hitting the ground. And, the rocks are hot and you don’t want to get hurt.

- When entering the sweat lodge: face the door and make a full clockwise turn and say “to all my relations” (speaking this quietly is ok). This acknowledges the grandfathers/mothers and lets them know that you are participating.

- When you are inside the lodge: Once the door is closed it will be dark and you should only see the glow from the rocks. If you are having a hard time breathing; placing your towel over your nose and mouth helps. You can also lay down on your side and put your face to the ground and breathe in the cool air.


Click here to view information about Kamp Kiwanis and a location map

Participants need to come into Kamp Kiwanis via the main entrance road off of this traffic circle and proceed to the main lodge.

We will provide a lunch for all participants. Participants should bring their own water bottle.

George Taven will be hosting Indigenous Perspectives Workshop at Kamp Kiwanis

Attendees

    51 Attendees