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Journey of Awakening

In June 2015, elders and students from Naotkamegwanning (Whitefish Bay) First Nation embarked on a three-day canoe trip to visit sacred sites near IISD-ELA, located within Treaty 3 land in northwestern Ontario.

These sites, many of which include rock paintings as much as 5,000 years old, had not been visited by community members in more than 50 years. The elders reanimated sites at three different lakes through ceremonies, while also teaching the youth about traditional ways. IISD-ELA and the University of Winnipeg worked with the community members to document the trip, producing this documentary.

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