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ERIC Number: EJ855821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Voyageur Wilderness Programme: A Different Educational Approach
Savoie, Michelle
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v20 n4 p12-15 Sum 2008
Back in 1958, environmental clubs were few, organizations that considered eco-practices were almost non-existent, and the concept of environmental studies at any level in their educational system was in its infancy. It was in this environment that Voyageur Wilderness Programme (VWP) was founded on Voyageur Island, Nym Lake, Quetico, Ontario, Canada, by Charlie Ericksen and Jean Goff Marantette. Charlie and Jean's great vision was influenced by their connection to the planet and world around them. Even after 48 years the mission remains the same: "ecological education through wilderness experience." The goal is to give youth an appreciation and understanding of wilderness that will positively influence their connection to the planet. In 1986 Guy Savoie and family, friends of the late founders and descendants of Metis and French-Canadian voyageurs, took over the program. Inspired by the Savoie family's proud heritage, the program was further developed to highlight the lifestyle and history of the voyageurs as the first eco-travelers of the lakes, rivers, waterways and portages in this wilderness park.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada