Indigenous Youth River Guide Training

Year:
2021
Region:
Northwest Territories, Yukon
Type:
Finalist
Theme:
Children & Youth, Education & Learning, Skills development
Category:
Youth

This program aims to remove barriers and create opportunities for youth to learn land-based skills (such as flatwater and whitewater canoeing, wilderness medicine and whitewater rescue training); improve self-esteem, leadership and self-determination; and expose youth to potential career opportunities all while centering Indigenous languages, knowledges and bodies. Building the capacity of Indigenous youth to become wilderness guides would more equitably distribute the wealth attained through tourism in the North to the original landholders. Having more Indigenous youth building relationships with the land would create a larger network of land protectors across the Arctic.

Nominator: Linda Brown
Students on Ice Foundation
Team:
Angela Koe-Blake (Team Leader), Jody Buyck, Jenna Furlong, Peter Greenland, Joel Hibbard, Genesee Keevil, Bobbie Rose Koe, Frances Ross-Furlong