‘Putting the Indian back into the child’ at culture camp


Staff member
Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Swan River First Nation council believes in “putting the Indian back into the child,” said SRFN chief Gerald Giroux at the mini powwow during SRFN’s culture camp.

This is in response to a famous quote about the goal of Indian Residential Schools to ‘take the Indian out of the child.’

In the grand entry, at the mini powwow, Treaty 8 Urban Office representatives carried in the Every Child Matters banner. This is in memory of Indian Residential School survivors, those who didn’t come home, and their families.

Nancy Chalifoux, from Driftpile First Nation, carried in a red dress to honour the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW).

This year, this dress has journeyed to all of the First Nations around Lesser Slave Lake, said M.C. Devin Bellerose.

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