Professionals learn Cree at Wanuskewin to connect with community
Participants learn about Cree world view and culture while studying language.
For over a decade, Belinda Daniels has been helping adults learn Cree at at her Nehiyaw Language Camp.
"They want to know what it means to be Cree, what is the world view, what is the connection with nature, with spirituality," said Daniels, who also teaches Cree at the University of Saskatchewan.
Johanna Kaiser is one of the participants taking part in this year's edition of the camp, she lives and works in La Ronge.
"I've been there for a couple years now, there's lots of people there I can't speak to when I'm working or otherwise," she said. "So I think part of my responsibility while I'm living there is to learn Cree."
"I am working with a few people in the office that speak fluent Cree, so I'm getting a chance to practice with them on a daily basis," he said.
After 11 years, Daniels said she still gets excited about running the camp.
"If I could do this everyday I would," Daniels said. "I love working with people interested in coming into a Cree space, and learning about Cree world view, Cree philosophy, wanting to create partnerships and friendships."