The Liqwiltach Elders’ and Youth Culture Group hosts events and learning experiences in the Campbell River area of British Columbia. Led by volunteer June Johnson, the group connects residential school survivors with local Indigenous youth to provide learning experiences that revitalize culture and language.
These experiences also provide a space for youth from different communities to share their oral histories and traditions, which are once again being passed down from generation to generation.
One of the learning experiences uses button blankets. As the group grows and travels to different communities, it needs financial support to make new blankets and masks. The blankets are adorned with unique family crests. Each mask signifies a particular dance. A mask dancer teaches the youth the dance and mentors them through the dance process.
These events, acknowledged by The Healing Fund Council and supported through your gifts for Mission & Service, help people reconcile the residential school experience and restore Indigenous languages and cultures in Indigenous communities.
A Liqwiltach Elder noted, “I am happy that our children are learning the culture, and you see the pride they have to show off their dances. It gives them the sense of belonging, of who they are and where they come from.”
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