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RIGOLET LAND LEARNING PROGRAM

The Rigolet Land Learning Program is an initiative designed to deepen the connection between Rigolet youth and their cultural heritage through land and culture-based activities and mentorship. Facilitated by the Torngat Wildlife & Plants Co-management Board, the program offers trips and activities that engage young people in culture-rich, experiential learning on the land surrounding Rigolet.
To learn more, we did a radio interview on CBC's Labrador Morning!

Trip 1

 Boil Up Tree

On January 27, youth were brought out to the "Boil Up Tree" outside of Rigolet. It was an easy afternoon of getting wood for a fire and eating some good grub while sitting on caribou skins. Derrick Pottle share knowledge about his experience on the land, but also with interacting with different Indigenous cultures across Inuit Nunangat and abroad (including Australia). Some youth also had the opportunity to try out a seal-skin whip, which was traditionally used by dog-sledders to increase the pace of their dog team. 
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Snare Making

On January 21, youth learned how to make snares for trapping wildlife like martin or lynx. Derrick shared how these specific snares were considered more ethical because they killed the animal in a shorter amount of time rather than dragging out over a longer period. Interested youth will be setting up these snares at a later point in the winter. 
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Mitt-Making

During the week of Jan 22, youth took part in a seal-skin mitt-making activity. This was led by Jane Shiwak, a well respected semstress from Rigolet. 
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Komatik Making

On January 22, youth learned a traditional way of making a komatik. This included a technique that doesn't use nails, but instead weaves the wood together with sinew. 
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Hebron Youth Trip

In mid-April, 2024, we partnered with the Department of Health and Social Development's Youth Program to go on a caribou hunt they were organizing around Hebron. The trip would be the first organized caribou hunt for youth in more than 10 years, and DHSD hopes to make this an annual trip. The main goal was to provide a land-based experience for youth across Nunatsiavut, while hopefully hunting caribou, fishing for char, and taking part in other activities around Hebron and north of Nain. The trip included 6 youth (2 from Nain, 1 Rigolet, 3 Makkovik), and 6 mentors/guides/program leaders (all from Nain), and David joined to help film.
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