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ERIC Number: EJ899656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
A Truly Northern Experience
Norwood, Christy
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v20 n1 p23-24 Aut 2007
In this article, the author reflects on her trip to Lutsel K'e, a small isolated community of under 300 people tucked in a gorgeous bay on the east arm of Great Slave Lake. This place has given her a whole new perspective on what it is to be Canadian. To begin, the wildlife and the scenery are absolutely breathtaking in a really raw and barren way with harsh cliffs, stunted spruce, icy rivers, and miles of frozen lake. The northern lights come out in the short-lived spring nights like they were on a timer. And though the trees and plants grow small, the winds rip, and the snow still lays thick and deep in early May, the animals grow big, healthy and hearty. The people of Lutsel K'e were by far the most interesting and beautiful part of this adventure. They have and are continuing to endure hardships of living in isolation and are dealing with the aftermath of terrible decisions made by outsiders. Their knuckles are white from grasping onto what is left of their rich culture and way of life, but their hearts are overflowing with the pride of who they are, and how they have come to be. They are rising to the challenge of putting their feet down, and holding on to the land that is a crucial element of ensuring the integrity of their lifestyle, and the life of the land around them. The elders have the history, the middle-aged have modern knowledge and the young have the hope. The author thinks that together, they make a fine team. The author ends this article by thanking those people who made this northern adventure possible.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada