NCN Land Base Program
Returning to Traditional Ways
The Land Base Program provides an opportunity for young people to gain traditional skills and to return to a relationship with the lands and waters of NCN. An important component is mentorship from instructors, who are local Elders. Their guidance includes cultural teachings and soft skills, such as responsibility, decision-making and discipline.
Participants spend time at the Land Base Cabin, and at Mile 35, Baldock Lake, Leftrook, and other local sites. They gain experience on trails throughout NCN on sled and foot, and learn about outdoor safety and survival in all activities.
The Land Base Program follows a curriculum that is guided by nature’s seasons. Some of its annual activities include snowshoe making; catching, preparing and smoking fish; hunting, trapping and tanning hides; arts and crafts such as dreamcatchers, drums, rattles and birch baskets; medicine and berry picking; harvesting chaga; sundance, sweats, and smudging. Cree language is introduced and encouraged as it relates to activities.