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• Men’s Health
• Traditional Health & Customary Lifestyles
• Truth and Reconciliation
• Education/Career Planning
• Economic Development
• Indigenous Leadership
• Indigenous Youth, Men & Elders
• Indigenous Entrepreneurs
• Commercial fishermen, Trappers & Hunters
• Cross Section of Technicians & Service Providers (male & female) in the areas of:
o Health & Wellness;
o Economic Development;
o Child Protection
o Sports & Recreation;
o Lands & Membership
Saskatoon, SK - January, 30 and 31, 2018
Winnipeg, MB - Feb, 8, 9, 2018
Edmonton, AB, February, 27, 28, 2018
Thunder Bay, Ontario, March
TBA British Columbia, March TBA
My name is Dennis Cameron. I am what most call a hybrid, I am of mixed Nationhood. I am very proud to state that I am Swampy Cree from Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Saulteaux/Anishinabe from Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve.
Overall, I have 27 (winters) years of direct experience of working directly with our First Nation communities in our endeavor to build our respective Nations. Over time, I have had the opportunity/great fortune of working directly, within a variety of programs, that are of the utmost relevance to our journey to Self- Determination. Most importantly, to our overall well-being.
During my journey I have worked in many diverse roles and capacities. I started off as a volunteer and progressed to a Coordinator, Coach, Supervisor, Director, President, Board of Director, and Chief. It surely has enlightened me on the various roles and afforded me valuable insight, mindset, conduct, that is of the essence, to perform in the various capacities, to assure success, and clearly meet the objectives and outcomes of the big picture at hand.
In regards to Community planning and development, we have come a long way in our journey to restoring our means of survival and Nation Building. I am of the mindset, that we must continue to keep our focus, our intent, efforts and most important our VISION to the future. It is vital that we do this with UNITY and PRIDE and accordingly with the guiding principles and parameters of the 7 Teachings. With that said, we must utilize the past, as a reminder, of what we endured and to how, what, when, where, and why we are to formulate the processes and practices that are important for us to ensure and enhance our well being. One must keep that in mind when exercising our efforts.
There is such diversity that exists, with our many Nations, yet, we all have a common goal and objective of building and sustaining our Nations. We cannot do this without the existence of our people. There are many, who have come a long way in their healing process, given all the wrongdoings, they have endured. However, there are those that have not started their healing journey. Nor, have the generations that have been subjected to the vicious ripple effect that has plagued our peoples, due to the disruption and intrusion of our customary practices, beliefs and systems we utilized since time memoriam. Given this statement, I remind ourselves, to keep our foresight on the future in a good and kind way, so that generations after us are here to stay.
The approach will be male specific with the overall intent, purpose and objective, of this event to have the issues, needs and directives that are required to be utilized and contribute to ensuring and enhancing our Warriors overall personal health, well-being, development and preparing them for the journey in: IGNITING THE WARRIOR SPIRIT.
This movement is one that has subscribed a unified approach that is positive, forward thinking, inclusive of all those involved. We will put into play, the practises and protocol of old, where we can all voice and share our respective viewpoints.
It should be noted that at current there is no funding supporting this event, however, we call upon our Indigenous Communities, Organizations, Businesses and Individuals to contribute in any way possible. We as an Indigenous Nation(s) can do this with our combined efforts. As it will signify and showcase one of our most valuable teachings of “Giving Back”. I would like to note, that in my heart, I would of loved to say this in the Anishinabe/Cree language, but, that is a part of my spirit, that needs to be Ignited, the gift of our language. I apologize, but I am proud and humbled at the same time, to share that I am committed to begin my journey of learning my language. I also am speaking truthfully, to the fact that I ask for guidance and help to obtain that knowledge.
I am proud and grateful for the efforts that have been implemented by the previous Eldership, Leadership, Technicians and the key component, the Grassroot people.
In conclusion, I look forward to partaking and walking this journey with all who will be a part of this event as we strive to IGNITE THE WARRIOR SPIRIT with the intent of a true sense of VISION – UNITY – PRIDE.
Ekosi, Miigwetch, Wopida
Visionary Planning, Development & Management
Saskatoon, SK - January 30 and 31, 2018
Winnipeg, MB - Feb 8, 9, 2018
Edmonton, AB, February 27, 28, 2018
Coast Hotel and Conference Centre
MARCH 21 and 22, 2018
Thunder Bay, Ontario, March TBA
it is with great pride and honor that Visionary Planning Development and Management Group has formally commited to utlizing The Regional Gatherings are the Stepping Stones to serve as the scouting report to roll up and finalize the Guiiding Principles for the forthcomimg NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MEN'S GATHERING.
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