In 2014, more than 60 Aboriginal youth, Elders, cultural leaders and mentors from 18 B.C. First Nations communities participated in a cultural and forestry skills program sponsored by Prince Rupert Gas Transmission. Contractor Geoterra Integrated Resource Systems created the annual program, which is supported by community cultural leaders and Elders.
The program is held in conjunction with Geoterra’s Timber Cruise Assessment program where participants, who have received the appropriate safety certifications, spend half of their time working alongside Geoterra personnel to learn basic forestry skills such as map and compass, GPS, field data collection and an introduction to forestry and pipelines. The other half of the program is spent with Elders, learning cultural teaching and traditions such as participation in storytelling, language, medicine picking and preparation, hide tanning, trapping, fishing, drumming and singing. There is also daily teaching in healthy life skill development.
In addition to the full length video of their experiences above, you may also watch a shorter summary video.