The weather was perfect during our gathering of elders, knowledge keepers and youth at the Digby Pines from October 14-16. The reason for the gathering was to encourage our elders and youth to spend some time together and come up with ideas on how to develop a “Cultural Nest” for our communities across the province.
The gathering wasn’t able to proceed exactly as planned because there are still many precautions that are in place. The numbers for group size had to be reduced and the group had to be split in two, ensuring that physical distancing was able to be maintained.
Even though these measures called for a change in plans, the gathering was still a great success. Elders and youth alike enjoyed the presentations on things like trapping, medicines, archaeological findings and more! They shared their ideas about what a cultural nest would mean to them and what they would like to see in their own communities and across the nation.
There are plans to host more gatherings of elders and youth in the future. The learning and sharing that takes place in these sessions is so valuable and both sides really enjoy having these opportunities. The information gathered through this session will be used to help our Red Road Youth develop programming and opportunities within their own communities.
If you would like any more information on the Cultural Nest, please reach out to Michael R Denny at ac.unik@rleahcim.
Michael R is also looking for the former Red Road youth leaders to contact him so that he can establish a Red Road Alumni Program. If you know of any Red Road youth leaders who might be interested in this program, please let them know to send him an email.