CEGEP, Cree Trappers Association announce college-level program teaching Cree lifestyle

May 16, 2018

Cégep de Saint-Félicien and the Cree Trappers Association have spearheaded a new program, the Eeyou-Ituun Traditional Pursuits Training Program, which will teach the fundamentals of the Cree traditional lifestyle. The 900-hour, one-year vocational certificate program will teach skills such as hunting, trapping, and fishing; building traditional dwellings; and other related skills. Cree land users and elders, as well as accredited instructors from the CEGEP will lead the program. “The program being recognized by the government of Quebec really shows a recognition vis-a-vis Indigenous people,” said CEGEP instructor Yves Marchand. “And in engaging with this process, Indigenous people are recognizing this could be a useful tool in helping to train their people.” CBC