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Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v23 n2 p6-9 Win 2011

Council Ring has always been a very special event, remembered fondly by generations of campers. Taylor Statten Camps (TSC) are not the only camps to cherish such an activity. Across Canada there are dozens of camps that have supported "Indian" assemblies in the past, but a select few still do. Most organizations abandoned them during the 1960s or changed focus to themes that do not risk racist interpretation. This trend outlines the struggle camps have faced to appropriately represent the culture of the First Nations at events--a struggle or, better yet, a challenge people at TSC have just begun to accept. As a long-term camper and senior staff member last summer, the author had the opportunity to participate in reviving the program and observing the progress and obstacles that evolved.

Descriptors: Recreational Activities, Foreign Countries, Canada Natives, Indigenous Populations, Outdoor Education

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Author: Wilkes, Taylor

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1060&id=EJ962045



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