Onakawana Education Fund


The Onakawana Education Fund is a foundation that offers youth from across Ontario a cost-free opportunity to visit Camp Onakawana on the Abitibi River in the James Bay lowlands.

Situated 800 kilometres north of Toronto, this four-season Cree traditional knowledge experience is the creation of Moose Cree couple William and Pamela Tozer.

Here, youth gather in small groups from the south as well as the north to engage in activities that teach a plethora of winter and summer bush skills such as shelter making, fishing, paddling, snowshoeing, and small game trapping. Youth also get a chance to engage in water monitoring and testing, as well as learning about the territory’s geography and history from the point of view of its original people.

Visiting elders teach such arts as weaving tamarack birds, beading and moccasin sewing, drum-making, animal tracking and identification, painting and creative writing, all in the unmatched and wild beauty of the Moose Cree homeland called Mushkegowuk. 

website: www.onakawana.com 

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