Thursday February 8th 2018: M'Chigeeng Youth Warriors: For this week's social, the kids visited M'Chigeeng local elder, Leo Bebonang on his trap line where he demonstrated how to set rabbit snares and little tricks to the trade that would lead to a higher chance of a successful harvest. The Young Warriors got the opportunity to set their own snares along Leo's trapline and identify snowshoe hare trails. They returned to Leo's place to play a new game called Deer's Ears, and finished the social with a meal of deer stew and homemade scone!
This week, the M'Chigeeng Youth Warriors met at the Youth Centre in M'Chigeeng for their weekly session. The social was opened with a smudging ceremony followed by some ice breaker games. The Young Warriors learned about where their produce comes from (Carbon footprint in relation to transportation distance), how to identify organic produce from non-organic sources, how sugar content varies in similar products and how to read labels when making healthier decisions. We also started planning for our vision boards for goal setting in 2018! Thank you Jesse Beaudin from our streams team for assisting in overseeing this youth incentive!
Many thanks to volunteers that helped out by taking immediate action yesterday, January 23 during some heavy snow with freezing rain causing crusting layers. Trail breaking had started and response off of our Deer Save Facebook page was very encouraging. Currently we have a regularly updated list of about 160 landowners allowing permission on their properties to allow deer save efforts. While this recent weather was harsh, it was not a concern for intense long term emergency action needed, however, assisting deer by breaking trails help the deer conserve energy and access food.
Should emergency protocol efforts be placed in effect, the Ministry of Natural Resources will confirm conditions requiring feeding permission and many volunteers on the island (some retired MNR) are ready to jump in and start the ball rolling. This is a big process and would not run smoothly without all those involved.
If you have property on the island and want to give permission for volunteers to access to break trails and possibly feed, or if you want to place your name down as a volunteer, please contact Sue Meert at (705) 859-1653.
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