Program Aims To Teach Janvier Students Traditional Indigenous Skills

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Program Aims To Teach Janvier Students Traditional Indigenous Skills

A program at Father R. Perrin school in Janvier aims to teach students traditional Indigenous skills.

Back in February, kids in the Experiential Learning Initiative attended an ice fishing camp to learn about traditional ways to ice fish.

This week, in the continuity of the ELI schedule – the kids are now learning how to de-feather a duck and cook it over a fire.

ELI coordinator Rosalind Best tells Fort McMurray News the program teaches these students lessons they wouldn’t normally learn in an average environment.

“It’s their traditional skill that they can’t just pick up in a book and learn it. You have to actually practice it and learn how to do it in order to do it. And if this generation doesn’t practice and learn these skills – it’ll be lost.”

Best feels activities such as these are a great way to connect elder First Nations with a younger generation of eager learners.

She says the goal of ELI is to teach kids a little more about the origins of their culture.

“It connects them to who they are, maybe their family doesn’t go out and cook but they are a First Nations person and they understand that this is what their ancestors did. So, it instills a bit of pride in themselves.”

For Best, it’s about taking lessons learned from the past and applying it to the future.

Next week the class heads to Jasper to learn about other native customs outside of Janvier.

In June, there are plans to conduct a games week – which will teach the students about promoting cultural pride through traditional First Nations activities.







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