Laurentian student’s Indigenous cultural camp launches with last-minute support from union

August 23, 2017

An Indigenous cultural camp hosted by a Laurentian University student was nearly cancelled due to a lack of funding, but a last-minute donation from a local union enabled the camp to go forward. The event, which was designed to build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, had only raised $500 by a few days prior to its scheduled date. “Five minutes [after I decided to cancel] the UFCW 175 from Thunder Bay emails me and says ‘we're going to fund this whole thing,’” said Laurentian student and camp organizer Kaella-Marie Earle. “He said it's because your story has touched our hearts, and we're horrified by the racism happening in our community of Thunder Bay.” Earle states that the event drew 10 participants, mostly non-Indigenous, who learned about medicine teachings, made medicine pouches, and discussed Indigenous governance. All participants were then welcomed to the Wikwemikong Cultural festival. CBC