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This winter, youth from Bearskin Lake and Weagamow First Nation attended a Youth Conference at the Tommy Beardy Treatment Centre. With a mix of youth aged 14-16 and elders, participants had a chance to interact with the others and share their experiences.

The Conference also had them take part in land-based activities that the centre specializes in. With a core belief of using traditional land-based skills to connect with the land and cultural traditions, participants had the chance to set up a camp in nature and acquire skills and knowledge.

In addition to the youth and elders sharing stories, land-based learning, and traditional foods like moose and fish, the Conference was topped off with a night of music and community celebration. Community leader Lott Thunder shared his music and teachings with an enthusiastic crowd.

Reflecting on the success of the first Youth Conference hosted, Executive Director William Kanaminawash said, “It was a great time for everyone and I expect the centre will host more successful events.”