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Kanaweyimik Child & Family Services Indigenous Teachings

June 9, 2021 - August 27, 2021, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm | North Battleford

In partnership with Kanaweyimik Child & Family Services, a temporary collection of traditional tipis are on display on the south lawn of the WDM North Battleford for the summer of 2021. You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of teachings from June 9 through August 27.

Teachings are free with Museum admission. For school group bookings, please click here for admission rates and protocols.

Tipi 1 – Tipi Teachings and Moss Bag Teachings

The tipi structure teaches family values critical to ensuring families lived a healthy lifestyle. The values signified by each pole taught every individual to conduct themselves accordingly. Moss Bag Teachings teaches the significance of security for the infant; the careful wrapping of the infant so they would learn to use their sense of smell, sight, hearing as they lie quietly in the moss bag. Parenting values are intertwined into the teaching.

Tipi 2 – Food Preservation Teachings

Crushing and drying chokecherries, drying Saskatoon berries, smoking meat and fish, bannock making, medicines/herbs, and smudging information will be shared. These teachings demonstrate the traditional ways Indigenous families stored food without modern-day conveniences.

Tipi 3 – Hand Drum Making Teachings and Beading

The significance of the drum beat with the heartbeat will be shared while individuals are shown how to make a hand drum. The drum is used in ceremonies and dances. Beading is a craft used to decorate clothing and make earrings, bracelets, etc.

Tipi 4 – Traditional Games

Lamar Osusiskaywin will share traditional games that were common in pre-European era.

Tipi 5 – Local History of Surrounding Communities

Elders will share history of the Battlefords and surrounding First Nations. Elders sharing historical names of Indigenous families as they evolved over time.

Tipi 6 – Intergenerational Impacts on Indigenous Families

Join us for a discussion on various impacts affecting traditional Indigenous lifestyles and practices including reserve systems for Indigenous families, the welfare system, residential schools, and the 60’s scoop.


Teaching will take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.
For school group bookings, please click here for admission rates, times, and protocols.

Monthly Schedules

Tipi Teachings Schedule August 2021 (PDF)


WDM North Battleford: 1-306-445-8033


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