7 Generations' Vision

edanete? (How are you )

I am Desuline, Dene, supporting  the creation of a  land-based Cultural Healing camp on my family's traditional lands, In Northern Saskatchewan along Lake Athabasca. 

In  The late sixties my family,  under threat of jail   moved into the small Hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta  because of the  residential school.

The former Chief Fred Marcel, Athabasca First Nation, helped  my late dad, Isidore Deranger ((Djeskelni)  take his children back to our traditional lands to reconnect with our tradition  briefly in 1974.  The Catholic church had implemented  kill the Indian in the  Child  Policy and was succeeding in the  preventing us the use of our Dene language and culture. Instead of  being proud of  Indigenous people  they instill shame in us for being Indigenous. 

Our experience on the land  saved our lives .  My father was a visionary and he knew  the land was an integral part of our culture. The water is alive; the dunes are magnificent.  We were fortunate our father was able to take his family back to our traditional hunting  territory. 

The family began burying family on the land who recently passed.  The summer of 2021, the family took our brother Patrick’s ashes to be scattered on that same traditional territory to honor his final request. This act reviliaized  a renewed  interest in the land and  it's healing powers. 
 


 The Vision for the the cultural camp,  once established, it will be a traditional Dene cultural camp and available to all First Nations across Canada.

 
We rely on your donation to assist us with provisions, building supplies, tools and transportation for five shelters. The call of the land is strong within the group who accompanied my dad in 1974, nothing will deter them from exercising their sovereignty over our traditional hunting  lands, with the help of our ancestors.  
 
This camp will positively impact youth who experience being on the land, listening to the drum, foraging for food, hunting, and fishing. They will learn related skills to Mother earth as our ancestors did  for thousands of years.
 
It is  a life-changing experience. It will be a turning point in their lives. As it was for other members of my family in 1974,  who went with Isadore Deranger (Djeskelni)  
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Donations

  • robert free 
    • $333 
    • 5 mos
  • jason istvan telegdi 
    • $100 
    • 7 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 7 mos
  • Michelle Meyer 
    • $100 
    • 7 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 7 mos
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Organizer

E Angelina Pratt 
Organizer
Dunrobin, ON

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