Event Dates & Times:
- Start Date:February 16, 7:00 pm
- End Date:February 16, 9:00 pm
About The Event:
An apology only takes on meaning when there is action. This session, we welcome elders Fred and Melanie Campiou on Thursday evening, February 16 at 7:00 pm MT to speak to us on the issues surrounding water.
Join us either in-person or online. Donations welcome.
Melanie Dreaver-Campiou is from Treaty 6 territory in Big River First Nation, Saskatchewan. She was raised by her parents who have greatly influenced her moral, cultural, and spiritual beliefs. Melanie’s early education consisted of Indigenous teachings and Indigenous law, but she also endeavoured and dedicated herself to learning within the western education system and she graduated with bachelor’s degree in Native Studies from University of Saskatchewan.
Melanie dedicated many years of her life working within the judicial system and with Indigenous inmates. She is a strong advocate for justice for Indigenous inmates, their empowerment and healing. She has worked in the following facilities: Saskatchewan Penitentiary, Edmonton Institution for Women, Regional Psychiatric Center, Stan Daniels Healing Center and Buffalo Sage Wellness House. Melanie has worked very hard and has endless hours to create safe spaces for Indigenous inmates and to provide support as an elder, to heal and come to terms with their intergenerational trauma.
Today, Melanie works with children in care. She provides support as an elder to the children in care by introducing Indigenous culture and Native Spirituality. She has utilized Indigenous culture to help shape Indigenous children’s identity. As she would to her own children and grandchildren. Melanie is a proud mother and a grandmother.
Fred Campiou is an elder from Driftpile First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. Fred was raised by his maternal grandparents. His most influential teachers and mentors were his grandfather, mother (Rose Auger), and William Dreaver who all have influenced his spiritual and ceremonial teachings, morals, and values.
Today Fred carries several spiritual ceremonial lodges such as Sioux Yuipi ceremony, Sundance ceremony, Horse Dance lodge, Cree sweat lodge, and Buffalo Robe healing ceremony with Women’s teachings.
Fred is the carrier of the Purple Spirit bundle. He holds these ancient ceremonies for the purpose of teaching, healing, and empowerment. He is knowledgeable about his own Cree/Algonquin lineage as well as the treaty between the Crown and the First Nation People.