Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Ishpaagoonikaa Deep Snow Camp – Register Today!

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community is excited to host our third annual cultural winter camp program, Ishpaagoonikaa Deep Snow Camp, to be held on the Sokaogon Chippewa Indian Reservation.

The Ishpaagoonikaa Deep Snow Camp will take place February 15th, 16th and 17th. This camp is made possible by the Sokaogon Chippewa Community and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC).

To better represent the traditional year-round subsistence lifestyle of the semi-nomadic Anishinaabe people, the “Ishpaagoonikaa Gathering” aims to explore traditional winter harvesting activities and cultural practices with Tribal youth taught by regional Tribal harvesters and Elders.

This two-and-a-half day, inter-generational gathering will aid in preparing a new generation of Tribal leaders to protect and preserve natural resources in the ceded territory, and will support the revitalization of Ojibwe/Anishinaabe culture and traditions through experiential learning activities based on the Medicine Wheel.

Tribal youth will interact with harvesters and GLIFWC’s Law Enforcement Officers in activities such as: Fish Paddle Board, Gillnetting; Spearing Through the Ice, Cedar Boards, Hook Line Fishing, Tip-Ups, Jig Pole, Winter Fishing, Filleting Fish, Ojibwe Language, Team Building and Leadership. All sessions are hands-on activities that will utilize traditional ecological knowledge.

This program is for youth in 5th through 10th grade; older youth may apply to serve as mentors. Participants will be spending two nights inside the Sokaogon Chippewa Rec Center Gym. The program will start on Friday, February 15th at 4:00 pm and conclude Sunday, February 17th at 2:00 pm.

Please complete this application to apply. Submit early, as space is limited for this program.
For more information, please contact:
  • Rachel Vodar – SCC Home School Coordinator and Co-Director of Ishpaagoonikaa, at (715) 478-5115
  • Nick VanZile – SCC ICW Director and Co-Director of Ishpaagoonikaa, at (715) 748-6437