K to A: Nezu Dene Canoe Trip

The Nezu Dene support group for young men put together by the School Social Worker from Northern Lights School Division aimed to help offset the likelihood of lifelong involvement with the law for youth who had past interactions with law enforcement. Poverty, addiction, isolation, and suicide were identified as barriers for these youth to succeed. The canoe trip retraced “the steps of their ancestors in order to rejuvenate a connection with their culture and promote positive life choices.” There was an Increase in attendance over the school year among youth who participated in the trip, as well as an increase in high school graduation. Additionally, an outdoor education curriculum was developed for the school due to so “many other youths [who] also wanted an opportunity to go canoeing.”

Survivormanstar Les Stroud was invited to participate in the canoe trip and documented his and the young men’s experience. To learn more about the documentary Les created, see: https://www.aptonline.org/catalog/LA-LOCHE

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