July 13-17, 2016
The theme this year is: Strategizing to reach more people in educating about climate change and impacts to all
– From messaging via various mediums
– Fundraising campaigns that work
If you have knowledge you want to share send a bio and information on your workshop to Freda
If you know Indigenous Youth who are talented budding Artists check this out! We have a 2 week camp coming up which will bring together notable Northwest Coast Artists (for a 50 foot and 20 foot wall mural, Interpretive Signs, Replica Bentwood boxes…). There will also be Gifted Psychiatrists & Counselors specializing in Youth Mental Wellness, Wonderful Wet’suwet’en Language Teachers, Talented Western Artists, Visionary Documentary Film Makers (Filming and Editing), Creative Crafts People, and Amazing Comic Designers.
This is a great opportunity for young Indigenous people to practice their skills, learn about our culture and meet like-minded people . The availability of spaces may soon be limited so get organizing and register yourselves or the Youth in your community now!
Healing Centre Stage 2 – Some Assembly Required
Excitement is growing as Spring Work Camp 2016 is about to get underway. Some of the construction crew have already arrived and more are on the way. A friend and long-time Camp supporter sent us this picture after delivering and unloading the lumber yard order.
In addition to erecting what will be the central space for Healing Centre programs, including counselling and meeting rooms volunteer crews will work to finish Freda and Toghestiy’s pithouse and complete the renovation of the big root cellar. People will also be busy in the permaculture garden – which over the past couple of years has grown into what could almost be called a small farm.
An evening in support of the Unist’ot’en Camp featuring Five Alarm Funk, The Boom Booms, Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron, and Ta’Kaiya Blaney
event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1140920752605738/
Tickets $20 in advance online at http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6464575&dispatch=loadSelectionData
Advance tickets also at Zulu, Red Cat and Highlife record stores
$25 at the door
In November we reported that thanks to supporters like you we were able to purchase a snowplow equipped F-250 truck for the Camp just before the winter snows came to the north.
Recently our friend who arranged the purchase and a few minor repairs – truck needed some brake work and new oil pan – sent us pictures of the snowplow at work. He reports that with tire chains and a load of sand in the back for traction the vehicle does great, even on the hills.
Now the Unist’ot’en don’t ever have to worry about getting snowed in or volunteers not getting through except by snowmobile relay. Freda and Toghestiy have learned how to operate the plow and the manual transmission and are really enjoying it.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the fundraising campaign. Enjoy these pictures of seeing your efforts and contributions at work!
Three members of the Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade spent a couple of weeks at the Camp in early November. It was great to be able to pitch in to the work of getting the Camp ready for the northern winter. Seems the snow that fell as two of us headed home last Friday has hung around with more following – so our timing was good.
Water pipes to the Healing Centre and Bunkhouse were backfilled to prevent freezing and more importantly we built a small guardhouse at the bridge so people on duty in the cold winter months have warmth and shelter as they do their shifts. Thankfully one of our group – Judy – is a retired carpenter with the skills to design the structure and lead the construction crew. Thanks to everyone who helped out on this and other projects.
Having the Healing Centre kitchen and hall is a fantastic addition. Not just for cooking and eating meals but as a relaxation space for those increasingly long evenings when darkness brings work to a halt early. Learned how to play Texas Hold’em and tutored others in Crib. A word of warning though for future visitors; don’t play an “x” for a double letter, triple word score or you too may be banned from ever playing Scrabble again anywhere on Wet’sutwet’en territory. lol