Inaugural MLCN Youth Cultural Camp

Inaugural MLCN Youth Cultural Camp

The week of July 4-7, 2016 had Montreal Lake Cree Nation hosting a youth cultural camp at the Paspiwin Heritage Cultural Site at the southeast end of Prince Albert National Park. Approximately 80 youth enjoyed a number of well planned activities throughout four days at the 229 hectare location.

Formerly known as the “Bison (or Buffalo) Paddock” that held a number of wild bison beginning in the 1930s, it was decommissioned in 1995. Around that time ceremonial sites were discovered there and it eventually became set aside as a location where Indigenous people, including Metis, upon application, could hold ceremonial events.

The site was named by the late Sturgeon Lake First Nation Elder, Bill Ermine, which translates from Cree as “The act of successfully escaping or eluding danger; clearance; survival.”