Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

By Michael Barrett

3-Day Cultural Wellness Conference held at Seven Clans Casino Event Center


September 18, 2019

RED LAKE, MN - The first day of the 3-Day Cultural Wellness Conference kicked off at 8 AM on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Red Lake Casino Event Center with registration, breakfast, an opening prayer and song, followed by "Seven Generations, Seven Grandfather Teachings," presented by James Vukelich.

There were several breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon which featured: "Women's Connection to the Water and the Moon," with Renee Gurneau; "Healing via Increased Spiritual Understanding," with Ron Kingbird; "Creating Positive Outlooks," presented by Ponemah Outpatient; "Drum Stick Making," with Brendan Strong; "Traditionally Smoking Whitefish," with Vincent Johnson; "Wild Rice Preperation," presented by Gerald White and Vincent Johnson; "Drum Teachings," by Equay Wiigamig; and "Making Outside Bread," with Sharon Kingbird.

Lunch was also provided at noon along with a Comedy Show featuring Jonny R.,

The last workshop of the first day was titled "Mino Bimaadiziwin," presented by James Vukelich, and was a general workshop that would only be offered once during the 3-day conference.

Scheduled sessions on Day-2 include "Lessons from the Past, Shaping our Future," with Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell and is a presentation on ways Native people are using teachings to build new leaders and strengthen communities

Some new workshops in the days breakout sessions include Moccasin Game Teachings," presented by Larry Vanwert; "Identity through Language," presented by Lucas Bratvold; "Anishinabe Teachings," by Veronica Bratvold; and "Trauma and Healing," presented by Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss healing in the community.

Evening activities include a Hand Drum Contest, a Round Dance Social, Two-Step Contest and Spot Dances throughout the night.

A Chicken Wild Rice Soup and Frybread supper and other refreshments will be provided.

Schedule for Day-3 is the Equay Wiigamig Panel that will explore and explain the different resources their program provides, and in the afternoon will go more indepth about the difference services Equay Wiigamig Women's Shelter provides to the community.


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