MY FIRST SOLO
by Erika Yahgujaanaas and Jason Eaglespeaker
Rediscovery International started in 1978 on the remote shores of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada). Challenged by substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and many painful forms of family disruption, the local Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities set up a dynamic youth project. They began the first Rediscovery camp for local youth at Lepas Bay on the northeast tip of the Islands.
One powerful activity Rediscovery facilitates is the “solo quest”. They differ from camp to camp, but, can be anywhere from 12-24 hours long. Youth participants build their own shelter, find their own food, start their own fire and cook their own meals. A truly unique experience, even cathartic for some.
This book is all about Erika’s first solo experience and how it changed her life.