Aklavik Take a Kid Harvesting Program

Organization Sponsor: Northwest Territories, Government


Program Description

In February, ten lucky students from the Moose Kerr School got to participate in a one week‘Take a Kid Harvesting Program’ (TAKHP) where they were introduced to traditional and cultural winter harvesting activities such as hunting, trapping,and winter travel and survival skills.

The Moose Kerr School, with assistance from Aklavik ENR, applied for and received funding to implement a TAKH Program. The TAKHP is a Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) initiative that provides funding for On-the-land programs. ITI works in conjunction with the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) as well as schools, community and aboriginal organizations that deliver the TAKHP. .

Funding Sources: 

The program is administered and managed by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) in partnership with the Departments of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) and Agriculture Canada. Delivery is

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment works in partnership with others to provide quality programs and services that promote and support Northwest Territories economic prosperity and community self-reliance.

Impact Of Program: 

In 2009-10 a sister program was developed called Take a Kid Harvesting. This spinoff program of Take a Kid Trapping includes projects where youth harvest wild edibles from the land.For the 2010 -11 year, 50 projects are complete or underway,including 25 Take a Kid Harvesting projects and 25 Take a Kid Trapping projects. .We have implemented similar harvesting program for several years now and each year we try to improve the program. I am very pleased we provide the community youths an opportunity to learn about harvesting their traditional food, their culture,heritage and traditional knowledge and I look forward to this program each year.

Evaluation Tools: 

The program has clearly struck a chord with our people. Since 2002, almost 6,000 school-age youth have participated in a variety of Take a Kid Trapping projects. Demand for these types of activities grows every year. In fact, we have now developed a sister program, the Take a Kid Harvesting Program, to help us meet the demand.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

t is designed for youth of all ages as a method to build on the traditional practice of passing on skills and knowledge to the next generation.It’s been built on one simple premise, learning by doing.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The program was developed out of concern that the average age of a trapper/harvester was 60. It was believed that the survival of traditional harvesting practices would be threatened if more youth were not encouraged to participate.The weather during most of the program was cold, around -30 most days. Some days had wind chills exceeding-40 below. Despite this the students showed great enthusiasm for the subjects discussed. No one complained about the cold temperatures and students did not want to go home on most days.The elders who participated in the program felt that the students were very well behaved and respectful. .

Length and Stage of Project: 

The program was developed in 2002.

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