September 28, 2018

Published by: Casey Bellemare

** Please note that this group has filled.  We are accepting names and information for a waitlist to get into this group.  Thank you.**

Family Ties Association in partnership with Kainaiwa Children and Family Services Niitsiti-tapia’pii Program—Blackfoot Culture and Language Program are inviting youth to take part in a several month long group that is rich with elder involvement, Indigenous values, crafts, games and fun. Through these sessions wewill be promoting and spending time together based on our guiding principals of generosity, respect and inclusion. Family Ties Association and Kainaiwa Children and Family Services Niitsititapia’pii Program—Blackfoot Culture and Language Program leaders will culminate our activities in July with several site visits.

Who Can Join?
Any Youth between the ages of 8 and 17 that is of status with Children and Family Services.

Where is it being held?
The group will take place on Wednesday, the dates are as follows:
October 10th, 17th & 24th                      November 7th, 14th & 21st                         December 5th                       January 9th, 16th, & 23rd                       February TBD                                          March 6th, 13th, & 20th                   May 8th, 15th, & 22nd                            June 21st                                                July TBD-- Will be 4 sessions

You can find us at our Gathering Space located at 911 3rd avenue North Lethbridge, AB.

What if I don’t know about my cultural background?
That is completely okay! This group offers opportunity to explore into culture and historical backgrounds with no judgment, we learn together as a group and at our own pace. We learn through activity and sharing aswe work together throughout our evenings.

What kinds of things will I be doing?
Lots, each night we will smudge, share a meal together and work on the planned activity. Throughout our time we will be making hand drums, making mini tipi's and dream catchers,mastering bead work and a variety of other crafts. You will be partaking in Giveaways and Celebrations such as Pow Wows and National Aboriginal Day, exploring a variety of site visits, connecting with Elders, and learning about Indigenous traditional ways and protocols.

Upon Completion of this group Young Drummers will be able to walk away with a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of their cultures, the cultures that surround them, and multiple items that pertain to their cultures. Family Ties Association and Kainaiwa Children and Family Services Niitsititapia’pii Program—Blackfoot Culture and Language Program will also be contributing to a Life Book for these youth to build during their participation with the Young Drums Cultural Explorers Group.

Please see the Group Registration and have it completed by the legal guardian and returned to Family Ties Association either by email @; by fax 403.320.8878; or bring it into Family Ties Association office located at #206 909 3rd Avenue North.

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