Into the Wild: Profs Participate in First Nation Rafting Trip

Algoma University – Two professors from Algoma University’s Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) department have embarked on a journey by raft on the Kanogami and Albany rivers with an intergenerational group of community members from Fort Albany First Nation. The purpose of the trip is to identify sites and stories of cultural importance to the community. Fort Albany is situated 450 kilometers north of Timmins, on the west coast of James Bay.

Dr. Gayle Broad and Professor Sheila Gruner are participating in the trip as envoys from the NORDIK Institute, a research centre associated with the CESD program. NORDIK has been contracted by the Fort Albany First Nation to assist with the Paquataskimik Project, a community-based research project involving youth, adults and elders from the community intended to foster intergenerational relationships that are rooted in the traditional territories of the Mushkegowuk people. Paquataskimik is a Cree word for “traditional territories.” The river raft excursion, which is slated to stretch from May 30th to June 8th, is the first of a series of activities in the project.

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