TLU Culture Camps
Update: There will be no Culture Camps in 2017
There is no better way to understand who the Aseniwuche Winewak are than joining us in our natural environment to share in talking circles, smudges, prayers, sweats, bannock making, gathering plants and making crafts.
The camps are located in a wilderness setting just south of Grande Cache, Alberta, in the Rocky Mountains. Guests may choose to sleep in outfitted tipis or a wall tent if desired. All meals, snacks and beverages are included; starting with lunch on day one and ending with breakfast on day two or three. The food is simple and hearty, but incredibly delicious!
For more information on the Culture Camps, click on the Camp Information link below.
AWN has hosted these culture camps for over 15 years and they have been central to AWN building positive and meaningful relationships with industry and government. These relationships have had a huge positive impact to the development and growth of our community.
We would like to everyone who has supported these camps and have helped make them what they are! We look forward to seeing you in 2018 when we resume our camps.
The 2016 TLU Culture Camps were a success! We had individuals from many different Industry companies and a large group from Aboriginal Relations! Thank you to all those who took time out of their busy schedule to come visit our community!
We had a lot of help from our community to set up, take down and maintain the camps. these camps would not be possible without the involvement from our Elders and community members who take time out of their days to attend. You all make such a positive impact on the camps and we appreciate everything you do. Thank you!
Typically, consultation occurs in boardrooms with project managers, engineers and community liaisons under florescent lighting and the pressure of time lines and budgets. Understanding traditional knowledge can be difficult under the best circumstances. We have found the most successful way to demonstrate traditional knowledge is through experiential learning.
The AWN Culture Camps bring together industry and government with AWN community members in a traditional backcountry camp. In this natural environment we find it easier to explain our concerns regarding development and its adverse impacts. We are able to share our values and relationship with the land and participants become truly aware of what traditional knowledge is.
They see the expertise of thousands of years of living on the land, passed down from generation to generation. They see that traditional use of the land still prevails in our food, spirituality, clothing, medicine and lodging. Things that define our culture are shared; drumming, singing, camping, hunting, understanding weather patterns, identifying animal signs, spirituality and the Cree language. All of these define our relationship with the land and form our identity. We are the Rocky Mountain People.