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  • This is where they lit the first sacred fire on the Mile 20 Camp site
  • Here’s me making fried bannock for all the people at Mile 20 camp
  • Terri – Leigh my helper…I had to teach her first before we began our batches (approx. 10)
  • View from the kitchen area…gathering for lunch on Tuesday day 2…ucn elders, students & instructors; school district of mystery lake grade 5 students, & teachers
  • My family’s visit to mile 20…daughter Cherish, 6.
  • Baby Abigail’s 2nd visit to Mile 20…& that’s Heather the baby carrier
  • My oldest…roasting marshmallows for dessert after daddy the chef made their supper – kraft dinner & chicken nuggets 
  • Gathering on a nippy Wednesday morning. This particular day was good because we had the chance to meet community people of Thompson, including the Treaty Commissioner – Jamie Wilson
  • We were politely asked by the medicine lady to cleanout the wild ginger root she had picked out before she came to do her workshop that morning. In cree we call it – wikes. Click next slide and – here’s the cleaned version of the medicine.
  • Here the medicine woman was making saav…this is spruce gum she had mixed with lard. (click to next slide: community people preparing the wikes.
  • Showing the men the “men’s medicine” when they can’t get it up! (those were her words…its viagara…its just like the pill she said, if you take too much you can have a heart attack). Called: rabbit’s foot…
  • Thursday my duties was group leading. The day began touring the whole camp of mile 20 with the students.
  • Sweetgrass braiding was one of the workshops the students enjoyed.
  • A student who didn’t know how to make braids, did so on this day & he was proud of himself. & I praised his work 
  • Storytelling by elder Martha. She was telling them about the residential schools and how it was like when the gov’t people took children away to go to school. The students really enjoyed this workshop and were surprised of her story.
  • Drum workshop was awesome and they also enjoyed this too.
  • Tipi teachings was good and grasped the childrens attention of the significance of the tipi and its teachings of the poles.
  • This is another view of looking upwards of the tipi…this one sure is light at the end of the tunnel…only upwards!
  • Allsdml teachers & students, ucn students, presenters, instructors, a couple parents all compiled in the tipi at the end of the day.
  • After the students left, we gathered at the headquarters for a debriefing.
  • Elders Stella & Martha (helped developed the kenanaw model).
  • SDML person – Loretta Dykun (I’ve known her since I was small. Her mother was my home –ec teacher. She also used to babysit my husband when he was young (as she was telling my children). So, (I know I wouldn’t say this if students/minors were around but uh… she got to see howie before me (if ya know what I mean)…Kidding!
  • Fall scenery of us…
  • Some photos of us on our way back from the camp…of the beautiful fall scenery!


  • 1. Kenanaw Bachelor of Education Mile 20 Camp By: Charity C
  • 2. Road to campsite…
  • 3. Day 1 - Monday
  • 4. Jamie’s enemy – the Whiskeyjack
  • 5. Looking up!
  • 6. Preparing supper for Day 1
  • 7. Kenanaw Model Teaching by Elders
  • 8. Beautiful, beautiful evening…
  • 9. Day 2 - Tuesday
  • 10. Medicine Wheel
  • 11. In the kitchen…
  • 12. Evening of day 2…
  • 13. Day 3 - Wednesday
  • 14. Medicines Workshop
  • 15. Day 4 - Thursday Group Leading
  • 16. Attributions All photographs by Charity Cooper