PEOPLE OF CAMP ONAKAWANA
For 20 years, William and Pamela Tozer have been introducing youth and adults, aboriginal and non-aboriginal alike, to Mushkegowuk and all of its four season wonders.
The Tozers are members of the Moose Cree First Nation of Northern Ontario. Pamela is a teacher and counsellor. William's a Cree legend: hunter, trapper, and bushman extraordinaire, he was born on the land his people call Mushkegowuk in the tiny and remote community of Moose River Crossing. One of the north's greatest bush pilots, William deeply understands the power and the medicine of the land.
William and Pam, along with their children, have dedicated themselves to introducing people to the beauty and the magic where the Onakawana River meets the Abitibi.
The heart of the camp is to re-connect not just Indigenous youth but non-Indigenous youth to their birthright.. the land.
It is a fundamental focus to introduce Northern youth to youth from "down south" - what are on the surface very different cultures come together and learn about their differences and similarities in this awe-inspiring landscape.
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CHARLIE WENJACK PROJECT:
Joseph Boyden and special guests visit with campers, sharing their skills and teaching about the history of Aboriginal Ontario. Guests have included Gord Downie (musician), Jeff Lemire (graphic novelist/Marvel comics artist), Mark Mattson (Lake Ontario Waterkeeper) and Bobby Kennedy (Waterkeeper Alliance).
ECOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOLS:
Campers learn about biology and ecosystems from visitng scientists. This includes particpation in field tests and studies, such as collecting fish samples for mercury levels.