Encounters with Canada
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Jill Avalak (13), from Cambridge Bay, participated in a Northern Youth Leadership traditional skills wilderness camp program in the remote and scenic Mackenzie Mountains, west of Norman Wells, NWT. She flew to Yellowknife, then joined a group of Dene and Inuvialuit girls for eight days of camping, hiking, canoeing, swimming, learning traditional land skills from elders, and so much more. During discussion groups, they talked about sexual health, consent, bullying, and other important issues for young teenagers. Each girl sewed a pair of traditional Dene rabbit fur mitts.