Tāpākōmitowin – Adopting as Kin Summer Gathering

The impacts of colonization and the residential school system continue to reverberate through Indigenous communities, resulting in the loss of culture, language, and traditional parenting knowledge.

Intergenerational trauma has contributed to cycles of substance abuse, violence, and suicide, leaving many Indigenous parents overwhelmed and communities fractured. 

In the summer of 2024, iEmergence, a non-profit organization dedicated to holistic community development, will be hosting Tāpākōmitowin, a family culture camp. The camp, which takes its name from the Cree word for Adopting as Kin, will be held on Treaty 6 territory south of Saskatoon, SK. Tāpākōmitowin will be a space for Indigenous families to reconnect with their culture and traditions in a safe and supportive environment. The camp will provide opportunities for intergenerational exchange, land-based education and truth-telling, guided by Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Non-Indigenous volunteers are invited to participate in camp activities and learn about Indigenous culture and history. Through their involvement, volunteers will gain insight into the impact of residential schools and the importance of allyship, while contributing to the creation of culturally safe spaces for Indigenous people.

Funding from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF) will support expenses associated with the camp, including camp preparation, meals, cultural and language activities, travel, and honorariums for Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Tāpākōmitowin embodies the vision of rebuilding community and fostering a sense of belonging among Indigenous families and individuals. By grounding the camp in Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing, iEmergence will promote self-worth, cultural reclamation, and relationship building within communities. Through the exchange of traditional teachings and practices, Tāpākōmitowin hopes to revitalize the values of love, unity, and interconnectedness, not only within families but across the broader community.

Archdiocese of Regina