Manitoba Camp Offers Support and Healing to Residential School Survivors

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By Dave Baxter

Journalist of the Local Journalism Initiative

A summer camp planned for next month will invite survivors of residential schools across Canada to connect with other survivors and work toward healing and recovery.

The Pimicikamak Cree Nation (PCN), also commonly known as Cross Lake, has announced that the Mamawitenamatowin summer healing camp will take place in the community located more than 750 kilometers north of Winnipeg, starting July 11.

With revelations and discoveries of what are believed to be unmarked graves near former residential schools across the country over the past year and with recent news of anomalies found in the ground in two First Nations communities Nations of Manitoba, NCP leader David Monias said the community believes it’s time for a big event, all in support of those who were forced to live in residential schools.

They also wanted to organize the event, as they are now undertaking their own search for unmarked graves in the community near the former St. Joseph Indian Residential School.

“The goal of Mamawitenamatowin Summer Healing Camp is to continue to facilitate the healing journeys of residential school survivors, especially in light of these findings,” Monias said in a press release.

“Cross Lake is undertaking its own search for unmarked graves beginning July 11, 2022. During the summer healing camp there will be a tour of the search site, including a search observation.”

According to Monias, the event will focus on healing survivors and will include several activities including healing workshops, sharing circles and many other activities for all ages, and attendees are invited to camp on the grounds where will hold the event.

“Organizers are inviting all survivors who attended St Joseph’s Residential School or any other residential school to join the nation at Mamawitenamatowin Summer Healing Camp, along with their families,” he said.

“Everyone is invited to attend.”

-Dave Baxter is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter with the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

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