Programs

Welcome to the site of Kakaway and Associates, where we offer teachings based on traditional Indigenous values of family and spirituality. Here you can explore the different modules, or levels, that we offer. Our program was designed to deal with dysfunctional behaviours while maintaining a traditional way of life within contemporary society. The different levels are synonymous with going back to school. We start off with basic, traditional teachings, and each subsequent module builds upon the previous lessons.

 

Introduction to Culture – Level 1

This is the first level where participants are taught about the sacred circle and the four sacred directions. Smudging is introduced and participants are taught about some of the protocols to be aware of when leading this purification ceremony. Males and females have different roles to play in life, therefore, basic teachings begin at this level.

 

Traditional Life Skills – Level 2

The framework for this training session is based on the restoration of holistic health. Traditional teachings have been available to us since the beginning of time and have not changed. They may seem somewhat different in various communities, but their goals are much the same: they show that life is a gift. Traditional teachings explain how everything that exists must be in harmony and balance; they teach about maintaining the equilibrium of the spirit. The teachings also show that people need to constantly develop and adapt. Life is revealed as a journey that is packed with events that determine the paths we take. Our choice is simple: we can live in chaos, or we can preserve our traditions.

In this level, participants learn about age-grade teachings. They are conditioned to sit on the floor or ground in a ceremony and they are given instructions about protocols inside the sacred circle. There are up to eighty years of teachings at this level and the participants are taught about the four stages of life and the rites of passage associated with each stage. There is a fifth stage called the "passage home" which speaks about our journey to the other side.

As Indigenous people, we are blessed with ceremonies, such as sweats, fasts, vision quests, teachings of traditional law, age grade teachings, rites of passage with each stage of life, traditional medicines, traditional healing practices, and feasts. The participants who take Traditional Life Skills will discover how these ceremonies restore balance and harmony in their lives. Some of the more salient topics we will explore in this session include:

Those who are physically able will sit on the floor or ground in a sacred circle, so please bring a comfy pillow and appropriate attire. Women will be asked to wear dresses and moccasins, and men will be asked to wear moccasins and bring their hand drums if they have one. These sessions will be spent in ceremony. However, you can take notes and ask questions during the question and answer period.

This level is offered over the course of five days, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily with a one-hour lunch break. The tuition fee for this level is $800 per person or $8,000 plus travel and expenses for a group. It includes 30 hours of instruction, a traditional meal, and a certificate of completion. We also have copyrighted manuals for sale at $50.00 each. For more information, please call or write us at the address below. You can also register online here.

 

Traditional Offerings – Level 3

Traditional Offerings is the third level spent in ceremonial teachings. Participants start the week off in a classroom, but they are also taken out to the land where our medicines are found. They are taught how to prepare willow offerings, how to pray with them and how to put them out. With these willow offerings, they will now have the tools for helping loved ones overcome addictions. They also learn the difference between a spirit and a soul and they are given teachings about the different smudges used in accessing a spiritual connection, as well as medicines used for protecting their homes.

The framework for this level is based on the restoration of holistic health in contemporary society. We need to know about prayers and the gift of life. There are no shortcuts in life, and as Indigenous people we need to understand our role and commitment to Creator. This third level will explain the different types of offerings, how to make them, how to pray with them and how to put them out. Participants will learn about the protocols and laws in accessing a pipe and stem. They will also learn about the different types of bundles, smudges, tobacco use, and how to meditate and open their souls to Creator in a humble way.

The participants who take the Traditional Offerings – Level 3 will discover how these teachings will help prepare them for the sweat lodge, a vision quest and a fasting ceremony. Some of the more salient topics we will explore in this module include:

Participants who take this module will learn how to bring these teachings home to their communities and pass them on in a good way. These sacred teachings will be a prerequisite for our Traditional Parenting – Level 4.

This level is offered over the course of five days, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily with a one-hour lunch break. The tuition fee for this level is $800 per person or $8,000 plus travel and expenses for a group. It includes 30 hours of instruction, a traditional meal, and a certificate of completion. We also have copyrighted manuals for sale at $50.00 each. For more information, please call or write us at the address below. You can also register online here.

 

Suicide Intervention

Most of the lateral violence in Indigenous communities today stems from the impact of colonialism, residential schools, and the Sixties Scoop. It is found throughout Indian country in the form of cyber-bullying, alcohol and drug addictions, mental illness, low self-esteem, family and gang violence, sexual abuse, and systemic racism. Furthermore, isolation, boredom, hopelessness, and despair are often contributing factors to the high suicide rates plaguing many of our northern communities. In order to deal with this epidemic, Indigenous families need to return to their culture. In this module, our teachings will be about the restoration of holistic health. Some of the topics we cover include:

This is a stand-alone module. There are no prerequisites to register in this course. In this sacred circle, women will be asked to wear a dress and moccasins and men will also be asked to wear moccasins and bring their hand drums if they have any. The tuition fee for this module is $8,000 plus travel and expenses. We have copyrighted manuals for sale at a cost of $50 per manual for this course. For more information, please call or write us at the address below. You can also register online here.

 

Traditional Parenting

At one time Indigenous people were closely connected to the land and habitually followed Creator's law. The impact of historical practices that separated children from their families and communities robbed them of their inherent culture and language. Indigenous children and youth need to learn about "spirituality" from birth so they have a better understanding of their roles and expectations in the family structure. These traditional parenting sessions will blend an understanding of the old values and instil a sense of pride and identity back into Indigenous families. Some of the more salient topics in this module include:

This fourth level is offered over the course of five days from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. daily with a one-hour lunch break. The tuition fee for this level is $800.00 per person or $8,000 plus travel and expenses for a group rate. It includes 30 hours of instruction, a traditional meal, and a certificate of completion. We also have copyrighted manuals for sale at $50.00 per manual. For more information, please call or write us at the address below. You can also register online here.

 

Dealing with Addictions

In our Indigenous communities, many of our young people are faced with boredom, poverty, lateral violence (including cyber-bullying), family violence, and low self-esteem, all of which can lead to substance abuse, drinking, and addictions. This module will introduce a traditional way of life so participants can make a healthier choice when confronted with challenges in their lives. Some of the more salient topics we cover in this module include:

This is a stand-alone module which means there are no prerequisites for registration. While in the sacred circle women will be asked to wear a dress and moccasins and men will be asked to wear moccasins and bring their drums if they have one. The tuition fee for this module is $8,000 plus travel and expenses. As with our other modules, we have copyrighted manuals at a cost of $50 per manual.

 

Facilitators

 

Robert Kakakaway

As Founder of Kakakaway & Associates, I believe in the value of a good education. After acquiring my B.G.S. degree, I went on to earn numerous counselling diplomas and certificates, but at the end of it all, I didn't know a thing about my culture. I was lost!

So, I went to the bush and listened to nature and the animals. They told me my name was "Koppi-nook-sik". They told me that if I worked for Creator they would guide and protect me. That's when the real education began. The Plants and animals taught me about Creator's law, natural law, traditional law and ceremony. They offered me smudges and a sacred pipe which would become my lifeline to the spirit world. They gave me teachings that are only found in the spirit world and acquired through ceremonies. I feel very honoured to share these teachings with you or anyone who wants to learn about An Indigenous Way of Life.

All my relations,

Robert Kakakaway

 

Vanessa Kakakaway

I am from the Whitecap Dakota First Nation in central Saskatchewan. I teach traditional Life skills, traditional offerings, traditional parenting, suicide intervention and dealing with addictions workshops. I also teach about the protocols around ceremony and age-grade teachings. These traditional teachings are very helpful when dealing with everyday problems. I have been facilitating traditional teachings since 2002. I have travelled here and there learning about my culture and I've seen our people do many of our ceremonies differently but the end result was always the same. It was a great honour to have been able to sit in many different ceremonies with our Elders and learn about our traditional ways.

My teacher, Phillip Auger who is originally from Paddle Prairie, Alberta is a great inspiration for me. His patience and his love for Creator and all of creation has helped me realize that life is simple and to never give up on my faith. Robert, my husband who is originally from White Bear First Nations is also a good teacher. I am very grateful that he is a part of my life because he has always been by my side offering me guidance with his patient and understanding ways. We've travelled to many cities and Indigenous communities together for the past sixteen years and I'm grateful for my dream job.

Although I am not sure what the future holds, I try to live each day to the fullest and now that I am a grandmother, I want to leave my grandchildren with traditional teachings so they can make healthy choices when they are confronted by challenges in their lives. I am grateful for everything that I've learned so far and I know there are many more lessons I have to learn. I try to keep an open mind because I know there is more than one way of doing things and everyone has different teachers, so I will continue to learn as I travel to different Indigenous communities across Canada.

All my relations,

Vanessa Kakakaway

 

Phillip Auger

Phillip Auger is an educator on traditional teachings. He also is a traditional knowledge keeper, ceremonialist, traditional healer, herbalist and a spiritualist.

Phillip acquired knowledge of traditional teachings and developed his natural gift of healing at a very young age. The knowledge and wisdom he possesses is a result of over twenty-five years of long intense rigorous training, teaching and sacrifice. He has a natural ability to tune into other people's source of imbalance and disease in order to promote healing. He has developed a unique combination of healing and learning techniques that transform people to their very core.

As a workshop facilitator and public speaker, Phillip moves audiences with his traditional knowledge, keen insight, stories, humor and practical guidance. People walk away feeling lighter, informed and moved to some new action in their lives. He is inspiring, entertaining and pragmatic-individuals take with them a heightened awareness, which creates a difference in a perspective and motive for change.

 How to Apply

If you are interested in hosting our program in your community we can facilitate one of our modules for your organization, for a rate of $8,000 plus travel and expenses. Upon receipt of your application, we will draft up a letter of agreement for your review and signature. We will request a 25% deposit to confirm your dates. This is to ensure there are no last-minute cancellations. Local Elders are welcome to provide a sense of safety and guidance.

As host agency you will also be responsible for:

Interested? Please fill out this online application form and we will contact you to discuss arrangements.

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Kakakaway & Associates
511 Sandy Ridge Place
Whitecap, SK
S7K 2L2
Ph: (306) 244-1081 ♦ Fax: (306) 244-1071