The Butterfly Club
Indigenous Cultural Reclamation
The Butterfly Club incorporates culture, ceremonies, language, and teachings into all its programming. Activities include:
- Sharing circle
- Dancing (eg. traditional, jingle, fancy shawl, hoop, jigging, etc.)
- Indigenous artwork
- Crafts (eg. beading, moccasin/mukluk making, drum making, medicine bags, dreamcatchers, etc.)
- Drumming and singing
- Clan teachings
- Women and Two Spirit teachings
Our connection and dependence on the land is a vital part of all Indigenous cultures, and humanity is at a crucial point in our relationship with the earth. Teachings and activities focus on:
- Respectful use of natural resources
- Our connection to the land
- Medicine picking
- Using reusable feast dishes
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge
- Field trips and spending time outdoors
The Butterfly Club aims to empower youth through sessions focused on building self-esteem and self-confidence, while encouraging healthy relationship building between the youth and with the mentors. Workshops may focus on:
- Mentorship with positive, Indigenous female or Two Spirit role-models
- Anti-bullying and anti-gossiping
- Healthy relationships
- Body positivity
- Mental health
- Two-Spirit and gender identity
- Equality and equity
- Community involvement and volunteerism
- Skill development and career exploration (eg. basic first aid, cooking, music, science, math, wilderness survival, sports, sewing and crafting, writing, babysitting, etc.)
We provide a safe community for the youth to connect with, where they can form a sense of belonging. Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Indigenous role-models are brought in for:
- Pipe ceremonies
- Water ceremonies
- Community events
- Drum groups
- Sharing teachings
- Indigenous, human, land and water rights activists
- Indigenous entrepreneurs, scientists, politicians, authors and poets, doctors, artists, etc.
The Sisters’ Circle
For youth showing emerging leadership skills, the Sisters’ Circle is a weekly project-based, mentorship program. Inspiring Indigenous female and Two Spirit role-models mentor the youth in small groups and guide them through the Butterfly Club curriculum, but also assist them with cultural leadership projects.* For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (204) 953-5820 ext. 227.
*Projects require maturity, patience, and a drive to complete what is started, with moderate assistance. This program may not be for youth who require one-on-one support.
Are you an Indigenous girl or Two Spirit youth between 9 and 13 years of age? If so, we’d love to have you join the Butterfly Club!
For a printable copy of our Application package, please click here. Once you have submitted an application, Ka Ni Kanichihk staff will contact you about availability in our programs.