Pinaaz-i Zibi Maamawi – Traveling the River Together is a ministry provided by World Partners Global Workers Rob and Sharlene Dilts.
The foundation of Pinaaz-i Zibi Maamawi is an annual Indigenous kids and youth Culture Camp that desires to be a place of healing and reconciliation for Settler and Indigenous staff and young people, where all are honoured as bearers of the image of the Creator and culture is celebrated. Pinaaz-i Zibi Maamawi is a place where our stories are heard and shared and Creator’s Good Story, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is shared and experienced.
Camp provides an exciting opportunity for cross-cultural experience as we minister alongside traditional Elder’s, Grandmothers and Knowledge Keepers and learn to travel well together in friendship, peace and goodwill. There will be continuous opportunities to learn to listen to each other and the Spirit through stories, His word and creation.
Our goals are two-fold:
1. To see volunteers at camp gain a deeper understanding of culture and reconciliation and be equipped to take that understanding back to their own communities.
2. For Indigenous young people to understand their value as image bearers of the Creator and to understand the beauty and importance of remembering who they are and where they come from.
A typical week at camp includes:
- daily ceremonies, gatherings and talking circles, cultural teachings, staff devotional circles, campfire etc.
- sports and games (archery, team sports, counselor hunt and other typical camp games and traditional Indigenous games)
- craft work (traditional beading and other crafts and crafts related to the camp theme)
- hiking, canoeing, star gazing and other opportunities to explore and learn from creation
- swimming, boating and water sports
- special guests and workshops teaching various skills
We invite partners to:
1. travel with us as they explore their own spiritual journey and faith experiences while walking with others.
2. share your journey and listen to others-with a humble heart and mind, an open posture, and a serving spirit.
3. consider the roles* at camp that need to be filled for PZM's operation.
- Program Staff:
- Story Tellers
- Camp Nurse
- Campfire leaders
- Games/sports leaders
- Craft leaders
- Music leaders
- Lead Counsellor
- Cabin Counselors: Minimum of 6 Male and 6 Female required
- Junior Cabin Counsellors (minimum age 16, 18 and older preferred)
- Senior Cabin Counsellors (18 and over)
- Support Staff: Kitchen and other support positions for games/sports, music and crafts.
- Other opportunities may be available depending on the cultural make up and skill sets of the team.
*All volunteers and staff serve under the direction of the Camp Directors and Camp Elder/Grandmother.
If this sounds like an opportunity you wish to pursue, send an email to inquire for further information.