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Alberta Youth Become EcoHeroes at Environmental Camp

 

unnamed (10)The Metis Nation of Alberta Association Local Council Chinook 1880 brought together youth, parents and volunteer professional staff for their “Understanding the Environment” youth camp, held September 11 – 13 in the Castle Wilderness area in Southern Alberta.

The camp achieved its goals of:

  • Bringing together youth with knowledgeable elders and professionals so they can better understand nature, value it, and nurture it.
  • Provoking curiosity so youth will ask questions and use the answers to benefit their interaction with nature in the future.
  • Providing a quality program to instill pride and knowledge connected with the traditional land use by the Metis and First Nations peoples.

The camp kicked off with a traditional ceremony, and a lesson on how the value of mother earth should never be taken for granted because she feeds, clothes and provides for all our needs. Two professional wildlife biologists led a nature hike and taught about fish and their habitat, as well as local ecology.

The “Understanding the Environment” youth camp was selected as one of our 2015 Youth Environmental Engagement Grant (YEEG) recipients. The YEEG program, sponsored by ConocoPhillips Canada, supports youth-led and youth-targeted environmental projects throughout Alberta.

Source Alberta Emerald Foundation

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