Rediscovery celebrates 30 years

  • Apr. 14, 2008 12:00 p.m.

Submitted by Haida Gwaii Rediscovery–This is Haida Gwaii Rediscovery writing all islands’ residents about our 30th anniversary this year. Rediscovery started in 1978. Our program is open to all youth around the world. We have had youth and volunteers from back east, from the USA, internationally, to share their different cultures and traditions with all of us on Haida Gwaii. Our program is for all youth 13-18 years old, pre-teen is 10-13, (10 day), teen is13-18, (14 days). Starting in July and ending in August, we have four sessions. You have to go through a criminal record check before going out to camp if you are staff or volunteering for a session. Our program teaches our traditional ways of living on Haida Gwaii. We teach traditional food gathering and preparing, also some of our arts and crafts from past and present. We also teach Haida Heritage, marine ecology and forest appreciation. Our camp is set up out at Taalungslung known as Lepas Bay on our wild west coast, starting in our village of Kuista.What: 30th year of operation in 2008! A three day celebration , traditional dancing and singing from all over the world, a time to share our cultures and heritages and foods from across the continent. This is our vision from Haida Gwaii Rediscovery!WHEN: Labour day weekend August 29, 30, 31.WHERE: Old Massett Community Hall, 348 Eagle Road, newly renovated building. Maybe a trip out to one of our traditional villages or out to our Rediscovery camp (just ideas for now until funding is found), also limited seating would be available.WHO: The celebration is for the whole Island and all nations around the world. To celebrate all the past and present participants, all staff, all volunteers, and especially our elders who taught us all we know from the past they used to live which will guide us through the future in a respectful manner for all living things on earth especially our children who are our future!Need to organize: accommodations, food gathering, preparing, scheduling daily events, donations coordinator, fundraising activities, organize other Rediscovery programs around the world for presentations.e.g. accommodations: We are currently in the planning stages and we are seeking all individuals who would be willing to help us plan our three day celebration Labour Day weekend. We need to arrange accommodation for off Island participants, hotel or billeting or setting up a camping area or areas. All other needs still in the planning process, fundraising activities which is on going, so keep your eyes open for upcoming events. We’ve had bingos in Masset and raffles ongoing. Still seeking any donations to this historic event, also looking for individuals to do some fundraising activities in your communities.Contacts: Robert Davis 626-5038 or Raven Potchka, 626-3464 (program directors) or our board of directorsHowa from the board of Haida Gwaii Rediscovery Society

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