Treaty 2 Territory – Aaniin, during my land base activities and cultural practises, I connected to mother earth to do the things that I did as a child with my family. Camping was a family thing we did every summer at Blue Lakes in Duck Mountain Park. Cooking on an open fire, bannock making, enjoying family time and old-fashioned cooking outdoors. Fishing, swimming, and hiking were also part of the camping outing. This brings families together and strengthens family relationships.
One of my favorite activities is medicine picking for sage, it is a wonderful gift from mother nature. I went to Riding Mountain Park to harvest the sage for smudging. I took my daughter to show her how it was done and will continue to do so with my grandchildren. There is so many medicines that are available from Mother Nature, to help people heal and become well.
Physical activity is also an important part of lifestyle to remain healthy and mobile. I did some hiking and golf as part of my physical activity to promote fitness. There are many activities to do on the land that will help you build up your physical fitness. One of the most important aspects of land base activities and cultural practices, is to do it with your family and loved ones. This will promote healing and wellness in the family unit. It was a great time being on the land and continuing to connect with Mother Nature and my indigenous culture.
Miigwetch, and prayers to all in the territory
Internal/External Relations Keeper
Last modified: October 10, 2022