Maamuu Uhpichinauusuutauu Regional Conference 2019

Traditional Parenting conference
Mistissini, QC

About the event

The regional Maamuu Uhpichinaausuutauu committee supports or delivers programs and services to children 0-5 years of age. Representatives from the Child and Family Services of the Cree Nation Government, several departments of the Cree Health Board, the Cree Nation Youth Council and the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association have a seat on this regional early childhood committee which we now refer to as Maamuu Uhpichinaausuutauu which translates to “let’s raise our children together”.

Together with its partners, the committee supports all children in our territory to ensure they are provided with the best foundation in order to fully develop to their best abilities. One objective is to host a regional early childhood conference, so this conference is designed to provide teachings and workshops for our young families in Eeyou Istchee.

This conference will draw on our elders and partners to showcase a focus on Cree parenting from the past (traditional parenting), to present, what today’s parenting looks like, and then looking forward to the future and how we want to see Cree parenting in Eeyou Istchee.

Highlights from the Event

The goal of this conference was to invite parents from all communities in Eeyou Istchee to come and learn about parenting through culture and knowledge shared from our elders and guest speakers as well as from a team of professionals from various organizations. The conference covered teachings from the past and present, as well as where we would like to see the future of healthy Cree parenting.

We are very happy that we were able to have this conference for the parents, elders, facilitators and EVERYONE who contributed and committed their time to be part of Maamuu Uhpichinaausuutaau 1st Regional Conference for parents. We envision having something very similar like this down the road. Feedback from participants was very inspiring. In the evaluation of the three days, we asked the participants to fill out a short two question “Feedback Form”. We categorized them by:


  • Participants learned how to make traditional pampers, baby powder, and baby net etc.
  • “Very encouraging to see how we are developing in sustaining our way of life” from participant

Elders and Traditional Teachings

  • How elders never run out of traditional things
  • They are valuable and hear elders transfer of knowledge

Traditional Practices (learning by observation)

  • Baby needs are met by “Natural means” such as moss diapers & natural baby medicine

Participants highlights from the Conference

  • “Kids bring joy to the conference by making their presence. Very talented dancers from participant”
  • “Loved the lateral violence workshop, more of it and the fashion show (models) GREAT!”
  • “I have learned a lot from this conference, a lot of knowledge especially when elders speak”.
Mistissini, QC

23jul(jul 23)9:00 am25(jul 25)5:00 pmMaamuu Uhpichinauusuutauu Regional ConferenceTraditional Parenting conference9:00 am - 5:00 pm (25) Mistissini, QC View event page