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College-level program will teach new generations Cree lifestyle – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 11, 2018353 Views

Eeyou-Ituun Traditional Pursuits Training Program will be a 900-hour, 1-year, vocational certificate

In an attempt to better traditional skills, Cree in the James Bay region of Quebec are creating a college-level program that will teach a new generation of hunters, fishers and trappers.

“Some people don’t have parents that are in the bush and they really want to learn, sort of new hunters,” said Fred Tomatuk, president of Cree Trappers Association that’s spearheading the project along with officials from the Cégep de Saint-Félicien in the Lac St. Jean region of Quebec.

The Eeyou-Ituun Traditional Pursuits Training Program will be a 900-hour, one-year, vocational certificate.

The idea is for students to learn the fundamentals of the Cree traditional lifestyle, from hunting, trapping and fishing skills to building traditional dwellings, and other skills that will allow them to live and survive in the bush.

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