FMPSD’s first land-based learning camp for Indigenous students a success – Fort McMurray Today

FMPSD’s first land-based learning camp for Indigenous students a success – Fort McMurray Today

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 202154 Views

After a year of planning, Indigenous students in the Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) were off to learn about hunting, trapping and survival from an experienced trapper in Anzac. The division hopes to make this style of learning a regular feature within the school system.

For two days beginning March 18, Justin Bourque, CEO of the Willow Lake Métis Nation, brought junior high and high school students to his trapline south of Anzac and shared Métis knowledge of the area.

The trapline has been used by Bourque’s family for generations, which is why he felt it would be the perfect place to teach students trapping skills, snowshoeing, fur trade history, building fires and shelters, and other outdoor skills.

“Unfortunately, this is a dying skillset, a dying tradition and people are losing their connection with their culture,” said Bourque. “I carry a lot of pride with me in terms of the fact I’m still a traditional land-user. For me, to be able to share that with students on my family’s land and where I’ve been raised is very special for me.”

Read More: https://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/news/local-news/fmpsd-exploring-indigenous-land-based-learning-program

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