An anti-racism awareness campaign is underway in the region. The Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services launched the campaign with help of a $100,000 grant from the provincial government’s anti-racism directorate. Program coordinator Chelsea Mateev says cultural mindfulness training and special ceremonies will be offered as part of the campaign.
“We will have some full-moon ceremonies sweat lodges, medicine walks that will be offered to professionals to have that experience,” she said. “We will also be growing an awareness campaign.”
During a luncheon at the Kapuskasing Civic Centre Auditorium, representatives from school boards and various organizations heard from elder Gary Martin on how they can make a difference in the indigenous community.
Mateev says elders like him share valuable wisdom.
“And we also listen to their stories and hear what they have to share from their stories, their history, their families, and their culture,” she said.