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Working at a sacred burial site helps us connect to our Indigenous culture | Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung

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Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung is a sacred burial mound site in Northwestern Ontario. Part of a land claim in the 1980s and 90s, it’s now a source of cultural pride among youth and elders in the community. #CBCShortDocs #StoriesFromTheLand #Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung

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Ryan McMahon visits the sacred site of Kanichiwanung (aka Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung) in Northwestern Ontario.

The sacred burial mound site was protected as part of an original land claim in the 1980s and 90s. It has since become a source of community and cultural pride among youth and elders.

We meet Casey and Seth, two youth from neighbouring Manitou Rapids, one of two communities within Rainy River First Nations. They’ve reconnected to their culture through their jobs as tour guides at the mounds site.

We also meet Art Hunter, a knowledge keeper from Rainy River First Nations, who talks about the deep connection between culture and this land.

Next we meet Sonny, a former chief who was present when the negotiations over protecting the mound site were part of the land claim settlement.

Finally, Ryan shares his own reflections on what this place and this land means to him and the Anishinaabe people of the area. This episode paints a clear picture of how land and the protection of sacred sites is crucial to the cultural strength of First Nations people.

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