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ERIC Number: EJ962052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Combining Outdoor Education and Anishnaabe Culture in a Four-Credit Semester Program in Blind River
Thomson, Alexandra
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v23 n2 p29-31 Win 2011
This article describes a four-credit semester program at Elliot Lake Secondary School in the late 1990s. This New Trails program is based around physical education and leadership, geography, Native studies, and English credits. The students are outside much of the time. The students become certified in the use of GPS and in map and compass work, and earn accreditation in chain saw use, ORCA Tripping I, Basic Flatwater, Basic Kayaking, WHIMIS, Skidder/Cutter operator's license, Pleasure Craft operator's card and Wilderness First Aid. They have used these skills to fundraise for the program, for example by cutting trees for a local home. Students also engage in a two-week co-op placement with local municipalities and tourism businesses to prepare for work in the growing eco-tourism sector. Finally, the program integrates elements common to many four-credit semester Outdoor Education programs, including cross-country and downhill skiing, fitness, and a culminating canoe trip. The program also has the support of local Aboriginal professionals, and includes a weekly sharing circle led by a certified addictions counsellor. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada