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Dream, Learn, Achieve

Among the Indians of the woodlands, the Ojibwa believe that dreams have magical qualities—and possess the ability to change or direct one's path in life.

According to tradition, the night air is filled with both good and bad dreams. From this belief came the idea of the dreamcatcher, which captures dreams as they float by. Good dreams, knowing the way, slip through the dreamcatcher's centre hole, drifting gently off the soft feathers to the sleeper below. The bad dreams, which do not know the way, become entangled in the webbing to perish with the first light of the new day. Dreamcatchers were hung on an infant's cradle board to protect the child, or in lodges for the benefit of all.

The idea that dreamcatchers accept the good and ward off the bad in the lives of youth has shaped the Dreamcatcher Aboriginal Youth Conference. The Dreamcatcher conference’s message is of self-empowerment—Dream, Learn, Achieve.

Located in the Robbins Health Learning Centre at MacEwan University’s City Centre Campus in Edmonton, Alberta and hosted by the Faculty of Health and Community Studies, this youth conference welcomes participants from communities across Canada.