Metis Youth Culture Camp

Teaching traditions & contemporary culture to our youth preserves the heritage of the Metis people.

Who: Metis Youth ages 8-14 (must be 8 before camp starts) If your child requires extra supervision, a trained adult may accompany them at no cost.

When : Summer 2024 Dates to be determind

Cost: $260+gst per participant

What: Learn about the Metis values of community, teamwork, leadership, respect and strength through shared experiences like traditional games, crafts, and music.

Culture Camp Leaders

  • Metis Community Members who love to share their culture !

  • Leader to camper ratio is 1:8

  • All leaders have up-to-date vulnerable sector checks with Calgary Police Service

  • Standard/Advanced First Aid Certified Leader on-site at all times

  • Leaders are knowledgeable about Metis culture

Transportation, Before & After Care

  • No Transportation Provided: you are required to drop off and pick up your child each day

  • Before-care (8:00-9:00am) & After-care (3:00-4:00pm) are included

  • Late pick-up fees: $25 per 30 minute block, after 4:00pm. Your child will not be able to attend the following day until late fees have been paid

Metis Culture Camp Location

  • Located in Highfield Regenerative Farm - a vibrant, productive community permaculture project

  • Culture Camp home-base is the trapper's tent next to forest entrance

  • Shady Glade, 7-acre Forest, & Aspen Theatre provide more than 12 acres of fenced space to learn & play

  • Pick-up & Drop-off map included in orientation package

Extra Information

  • All activities are held outside except in the case of inclement weather. We value the land and our connection to it.

  • There are no fridges/microwaves on site. Campers are required to bring their own food, snacks and drinks. There is water refill on site

  • There is no power or opportunity to charge devices

  • Bathroom facilities are port-a-potties and a hand wash station. There are no indoor bathroom facilities

  • We understand electronic devices are a part of our daily lives. Youth are allowed to bring and use their device during free time, lunch, and before/after care.

Special Guests - Elders & Artists

  • Elders share opening prayers, smudges and stories

  • Knowledge Keepers: Michif language, plant medicine, traditional foods & games, bush-craft skills & lifeways

  • Artists: beadwork/fish scale art, hide tanning, painting, sash-weaving

Contact us for more information:

Camp@experiencemetis.ca

Our Culture Keepers

Amy Barton

Taanishi, Amy Barton nisihkâson. I live in MNA region 3. I'm a Mother of 3, and an Advanced Care Paramedic. I'm committed to life-long learning and sharing my Metis history and culture. Permaculture design, Metis life-ways and the teachings of the medicine wheel are important value systems in my family's lives. Growing food is my passion! I want to build healthy resiliency and sustainability for my family, community, and myself. I have extensive experience in End of Life Care, am a fish scale artist and currently gathering knowledge to become a traditional hide tanner. Kalyn Kodiak has been a mentor and guide, sharing her knowledge of traditional plant medicine with me- and I am forever grateful. I want to honor my parents Terry and Sheila for their life long teachings, as well as my cherished friend, spiritual guide, and teacher Yvonne Jobin, who continues to amaze me with her knowledge.

Hailey Lambert

Tansaii My name is Hailey! I was born, raised, and still reside here in Calgary, MNA region 3. I come from a rich Metis heritage, which I am so very honored and proud of. I feel responsible and passionate about spreading awareness to others about the beauty, and preserving our traditions, our Metis Culture. I am so grateful to be apart of this team, working with the youth is always a blast, it's important for our children to know where they come from. I would also like to thank the mentors, and elders in my life who have given me the knowledge and stories to continue to pass on to generations.

rebecca lavallee

My name is Rebecca Lavallee, I am 22 years old and a proud Métis women. I was born and raised in Lac La Biche Alberta, Region 1, and I now live in Calgary Alberta, Region 3. I have always been connected to my Métis culture and understand the importance of being a part of our community. I have worked as an advocate and representative for Métis youth to ensure their voices are being heard, and now as a cultural teacher. I love to listen and share all the things I continue to learn about what it is to be Métis

I have had my vulnerable sector and a criminal record check done recently. I also have just done and received my standard first aid. Currently I don’t know any within Calgary but I can reach out and see.

MAYA BARTON

Taanishi! My name is Maya, I am a proud Red River Métis woman who has recently moved back home to Calgary. I feel my best when spending time in nature, learning new things, and connecting with others. I have worked as a Professional Nanny for several years, as I find great joy and fulfilment in being a positive leader for young ones and most importantly, having fun! In my spare time, I love diving into a new book, finding different recipes to try, and discovering new ways to channel my creativity through art and writing.