Kw’umut Lelum’s annual Cultural Camp took place this year out at Nanaimo Lakes from August 11th to 14th. Over those three days we had over 100 participants come out to the campsite and participate in the activities. Out of that number 54 of the participants decided to try their hand at camping together as a family. Staff, youth, biological parents and foster parents all came out to have a good time. We had five Elders come out to camp to offer up their wisdom to the younger generations. We would like to thank Danny and Tracey Norris, Carole White, George Seymour and Betsy Bob for coming out and spending time with our families. Some of our planned activities included jam making, cedar weaving, drum circle, Elder’s circle and bone games.
Families had plenty of free time to take advantage of the craft supplies and sports equipment provided to play together. We were also able to arrange a time for the families to go swimming in one of the beautiful lakes nearby. We ended camp as we began with a circle where everyone had an opportunity to speak. We were very encouraged to hear about the fun that the families had together and how they were already looking forward to next year.
Photos by Phil Ives