Mount Brydges – Hosted and facilitated by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority in partnership with Indigenous Sport and Wellness Ontario (ISWO), the “Standing Bear Youth Leadership Camp” is well underway! Activities are taking place in a 200 year old log cabin at Longwoods Road Conservation Area, just west of Delaware. Indigenous youth are enjoying a 4 day Camp, instructed daily by special guests from First Nations communities.
Monday included identifying with self, self care, and medicine wheel teachings. Water teachings, and a workshop on mindful leadership and the Seven Grandfather Teachings followed after lunch. Tuesday’s activities included a hand drum making workshop and a talk on positive communication and self expression. Today was a busy one, with participants making bluebird nesting boxes and learning about native and invasive species, and species at risk. The afternoon included a medicinal plants nature hike, learning about Traditional Ecological Knowledge, traditional games, and cornhusk doll making!
On Thursday, the final day of the Youth Leadership Camp, participants learn about First Nation’s history, tool making and pottery in the morning, followed by medicinal salve making in the afternoon.
It has been a busy week here at Longwoods this March Break!
For further information on the “Standing Bear Youth Leadership Camp”
Carlyn Johnston – LTVCA Community Educator