Freezing Water Moon – Ni Kiskinohamâson – Strength and Hope

Cree teachings and raspberry tea with Knowledge Keeper Marilyn Dykstra

Saturday, November 25, 2023

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Water sprays onto rock formations from an unseen opening above, causing a dramatic array of icicles and mounds of ice on boulders. Partially obscured.

Photo: Stream of Frozen Hope, Nicolas Raymond, CC BY 2.0 DEED

Event details

Free, registration required
Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The group will meet in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1 and proceed together to Level 6.
Language and Accessibility:
This event is offered in English.

Cree Knowledge Keeper Marilyn Dykstra for a workshop as we enter first winter in the Inninewak six seasons. In the Freezing Water Moon, Ni Kiskinohamâson (which translates to "I am learning"). This is the time, we acknowledge that we need to slow down and focus on our introspective work. 

In this moon, let’s begin our adventures in this moon learning and focusing on all parts of ourselves to access the hope our ancestors have for us.

We all have four parts that need to grow. We gain hope and strength within the ultimate protection of our home, ways of being, and stewardship. Our greatest strength lies in our interconnectedness, which gives us the ability to pull others through in tough times.

The discussion will include raspberry tea.


This workshop is part of a monthly Wahkowtowin and Ways of Being series led by Knowledge Keeper Marilyn Dykstra. Each month, we will explore a variety of moon, pole and tea teachings in the Cree tradition.

Wahkowtowin – which translates to kinship – highlights how relationships, communities and the natural world are all interconnected.

Participants will discover and reflect on their connections with each other, with balance and with human rights through teachings and a traditional tea.

Marilyn Dykstra is a status Bill C‑31 First Nations woman from northern Manitoba. She has been immersed in a working matriarchal system that practiced Indigenous ways of thinking and being since she was born. Alongside her family, she has participated in many peaceful social justice movements.

Marilyn uses her matriarchal knowledge as a foundation for her work in the Indigenous community, which has been ongoing for over thirty years. She still follows her matriarchal teachings, but she has also spent her life learning traditional knowledge and passing the teachings on.

She is a pow wow dancer, knowledge keeper, and she carries the responsibility of a bundle. She happily participates in naming ceremonies, sweats, pipe ceremonies, moon teachings and more.