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During the summer 2019, the Council of Elders, with our support, successfully delivered the inaugural course at several different land-based locations – Niizhoziibean (The Forks), Manitou Api (Petroforms), Lower Fort Garry, and Upper Fort Garry, and the TRCM Learning Centre.

Collectively, our staff and Treaty Education team worked closely with the Council of Elders on the logistics for course delivery. A total of 27 people successfully completed the introductory course and are expected to advance to Level 2. This course is unprecedented in Canada and has demonstrated a need for this authentic learning experience.

Results and responses from the initial course offering were encouraging. The course touches the spirit of all participants as it provides them with an opportunity to learn from our Elders. The stories and knowledge shared during the courses provide a learning experience that cannot be found in books.