By Emma Mitchell
Hello family and friends! This post is coming to you from Sundre, Alberta (after two days of driving), where we are spending the next week learning about idols from Nathan Reiger. Stay tuned for our experiences here in next week’s post, but for now, I’d like to tell you about our week in Roseau River, Manitoba.
We arrived at Roseau River Bible Camp on Sunday night ready to begin our week of cross-cultural learning with the Anishinabe people. On Monday morning we drove to Roseau River First Nation and met Peter, an elder who was our teacher for the week, and his beautiful family. Though complete strangers from a drastically different culture, we were welcomed into their home with so much love and treated like old friends. By the end of the week, we had formed such an incredible and unforgettable bond with the entire family (and their adorable dogs).
Our time with Peter was spent learning about the mistreatment of First Nations people, through treaties, the Indian Act, and residential schools. We also had the opportunity to participate in a sweat lodge, an experience unlike anything any of us had ever done before.
On Wednesday night, Peter’s family graciously opened their home to us to spend the night. The next day we drove to a historical Mennonite village where we learned about Mennonite culture and history, and parted ways with Peter and his family. Having the opportunity to learn from such a wise person was life-changing for us. We are all so blessed and thankful for everything that their family did for our crazy site.