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Land and Water participants get a tour of the petroforms at Bannock Point from elder Diane Maytwayashing

Join the post-secondary team, learn from the land

Create meaningful connections and explore your relationship with land in the Land and Water program

October 3, 2019 — 

The Land and Water program helps participants learn about Indigenous people’s enduring relationships to place and land, explore their role in protecting land and water, and meet other young people committed to climate action. The program brings together R. B. Russell Vocational High School students with a post-secondary team to engage in Indigenous land-based programming. The post-secondary team is comprised of University of Manitoba students and other youth.

The program is co-facilitated by post-secondary team members, elders, guests and a U of M program coordinator. The post-secondary team will help facilitate creative programming at monthly lunch and learns at R. B. Russell (November to May), monthly full-day field trips from March to June, plus an overnight camping trip in the spring. Examples of past programming include a trip to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, and an Elder-led tour of the Bannock Point site in the Whiteshell.

During fall term reading week (November 12-15), the post-secondary team will take part in a four-day land-based experience, free of charge. This is Indigenous Land, which consists of a mix of urban and rural land-based education, will provide opportunities to re-story Winnipeg as Indigenous land, re-root our relationships to land and each other, put Indigenous values like reciprocity into action, and develop a land ethic that includes urban spaces.

This program is free of charge and open to all students. Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply. R. B. Russell’s student population is almost entirely Indigenous, and CSL acknowledges how important it is for the post-secondary team to share a cultural frame of reference with the R. B. Russell youth. CSL also recognizes that Indigenous students need access and opportunities to take part in Indigenous land-based programming.

Learn more about the Land and Water Program here. Inquiries can be directed to Nicki [dot] Ferland [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.

The application deadline has been extended! 

Apply now. Interested youth external to the U of M are also encouraged to apply; application forms are available from Nicki [dot] Ferland [at] umanitoba [dot] ca. Applications are open till October 21. 

Community Service-Learning offers free local programs and international programs for students interested in applying their knowledge outside the classroom and gaining relevant hands-on experience in the community.

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