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Indigenous youth spark interest at Fort McMurray welding camp – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 12, 2017329 Views

‘Students don’t get as many opportunities to do this,’ says welding camp instructor

Jul 12, 2017

How’s this for a summer camp? Instead of sunglasses and swim trunks at the lake, there’s safety goggles, overalls and fountains of molten sparks.

Fort McMurray’s Keyano College is hosting a four-day welding camp this summer for students from First Nations and Métis communities around the Wood Buffalo region.

Instructor Randy Chernipeski said the camp is a special summer experience for most youth.

“Students don’t get as many opportunities to do this,” Chernipeski said. “It’s probably easier to get an opportunity in this part of the world — especially in Northern Alberta — to do the camping and canoeing thing, whereas this is something out of the ordinary.”

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