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Activist Communique: Oshkimaadziig Unity Camp Survival Skills Workshop

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Oshkimaadziig Unity Camp Survival Skills Workshop

The Deets:

Saturday January 12, 2013

10:00 am

At the Oshkimaadziig Unity Camp – Awenda Provincial Park

The Call Out:

EMERENGENCY/VITAL SURVIVAL SKILLS WORKSHOP (facilitated by Caleb Musgrave) for the benefit of DARLENE NECAN, an Ojibwe grassroots activist in need of support.

This weekend will consist of various hands-on training sessions for outdoor survival; the entire funds contributed will then be donated to Darlene Necan in order to assist with the struggles in her community. Each person attending must equip themselves with the following items to ensure their survival and fully absorb the training provided, as they will be mocking a situation in which they would be forced to leave the conveniences of civilization.

**Please note: Unfortunately, there are a limited number of spaces available. Also, let us know if you are vegan, vegetarian, or have any allergies.**

DATE: Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at 10am until sunset on Sunday, January 13th, 2013.
PLACE: Oshkimaadziig Unity Camp located in Awenda Provincial Park

Gear List (Each Person should have the following and NO COTTON CLOTHING!!!):
-Wool Socks (as many as you can get)
-Winter boots (even rubber boots with insulated in-soles)
-A good, sturdy knife
-Sleeping gear (I suggest both a sleeping bag, and as many wool blankets as you can find)
-Tarp (8x10 or anything around that size)
-rope (20ft should do)
-a cookpot and water bottle
-First aid kit
-Flashlight and Whistle
-Gloves and mittens
-a good winter hat and scarf
-Firestarting tools (matches, lighters, ferro-rods, etc all in waterproof containers)
-Camera/binoculars/notebook/video camera (Optional)

**Please note, that if you do not have all these items, we may have some to lend at Oshkimaadziig**

COST: The regular cost of this workshop would be anywhere from $100 to $1000, all depending on what the workshop entails and the intensity of the training he provides. Caleb has graciously agreed to facilitate and implement the entire two days free of charge because of the cause behind this workshop.

We are asking for a minimum of $100 donation. The skills and training provided will be more than compensating. The cost will include meals, shelter (in a wig-wam or wood cabin) and of course the numerous benefits Caleb will supply.

Biography of Caleb Musgrave:
Caleb Musgrave (Traditional Name: Ozaawaa Migizi Nini. Clan/Dodem: Echo-Maker. Nation: Mississauga. Territory: Rice Lake, The Ottanabee River and the Kawartha Lakes region) was raised by a mixed-heritage family, with focus on his Anishnaabe father's culture.

Raised to track game for his father and uncles, he learned at a young age how to process the animal and plant nations into food. For well over half of his life, Caleb has been immersed in wilderness traditions of the Eastern Woodlands and the Sub-arctic -the homeland of the Anishnaabeg.

Caleb's mentors in Bushcraft include Gino Ferri, Mors Kochanski, Pinock Smith (of the Algonquin Nation in Maniwaki Quebec), Basil DesMoulin (of the Anishnaabeg Nation in Pic River, Lake Superior), Vernon Roote (of the Anishnaabeg Nation in Saugeen, Lake Huron), his father, uncle and grandfather (all from the same Nation and Territory as Caleb).

Caleb's eclectic variety of skills to wilderness interdependency skills and land sovereignty include but are not limited to;
a) Axemanship and proper felling of trees. This includes the proper management of ecosystems as modern biologists and our ancestors have agreed upon (eg. Identifying and removing sick trees for firewood and to open the canopy up for better success of healthier trees, controlled burns to create healthy environments, etc)
b) Extreme Cold Weather Survival. This includes techniques to make fire, shelter and safe drinking water in -40 temperatures. Toboggan and Snowshoe building, and other arctic and sub-arctic skills.
c) Traditional hunting and trapping. From bow, to fish spear, to snares and deadfalls. Much of Caleb's experience and success on the trapline has been with so-called "Primitive" traps, rather than modern steel jaw traps.
d) Homesteading, traditional diet and permaculture. From how to make a long-term, self sustaining "wild garden", to exactly what did the Anishnaabeg eat, and when.
e) Bush Medicine. This is not talking about a spiritual healing, or anything along those lines. The focus of Caleb's knowledge is related to plants and their healing natures. From cuts, burns and blisters, to colds, headaches and infections. Caleb is not by any means a healer. Consider the skills more along the lines of "First Aid from the Land".

More information can be found at (**insert Calebs website**)

Biography of Darlene Necan:

Darlene Necan, an Anishinabek woman, has worked tirelessly to build grassroots power and resist the destruction of her sovereign territory. Mining, clearcutting and herbicide spraying is destroying the ability for her people to live off the land. She and fellow organizers are facing repression from the Band Council and Ministry of Natural Resources for speaking out against the poisoning of traditional food sources and lack of adequate housing.

These organizers struggle for resources to survive, let alone to help their organizing. Furthermore, Darlene and her supporters were not afforded housing on the reserve by the Band Council. Thus, they are being further impoverished by exorbitant rent payments.

On their traditional territory off-reserve, Darlene and her supporters plan to build a general store and log cabins for grassroots activists and people with inadequate housing. They have already built a cabin for an elder in need, despite precious little resources and led a 28-day march to demand housing:

Building homes and establishing a means to generate their own income will go a long way to strengthen the political capacity to continue their fight against mining and logging companies.

Support Needed:

Previous fundraising has helped with purchasing a wall tent, but continued financial support is still needed.

Darlene and her co-organizers need financial resources to obtain essential equipment for their work. She plans to build a general store and log cabins. They will then need money for building supplies. They are also in need of a computer for research and media work.

Please support this inspiring struggle for the land, and all life.

Here are Darlenes projects:


Google map directions to Awenda Park:


We look forward to your attendance! Miigwetch!


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