A look inside Nimkii Aazhibikong, an Anishinaabe culture camp
A two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sudbury in the middle of the woods sits Nimkii Aazhibikong, an Anishinaabe language and culture camp.
Started by artists Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch in June 2017, the land-based camp is meant to give youth and elders a chance to connect using their language and traditional Anishinaabe activities, like harvesting and creating art.
Unreserved guest host Waubgeshig Rice spent a day at the culture camp, and sat in on a language chat between two elders and a language learner.
"It's really important that people have an opportunity to learn language … [we want] a place where language and culture can be practised all the time — not just one conference here, one event there," Quinn Meawasige said.
"I really appreciate them speaking the language. I think it's important," Mary Elizabeth Wemigwans said.
"We want to get all these kids back to know their spirit, to gain their spirit back," Linda Toulouse said.