Youth rangers wrap up summer

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

Our eighth and final week as Stewardship Youth Rangers in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry summer program was a whirlwind of activity!

We spent another day with Brian Love of the Rainy River District Trappers Association in Mine Centre building 18 pine marten nesting boxes. We learned more about pine marten behaviour and habitat, including how they use the nesting boxes for their young in winter.

We also helped clear and restore the pow-wow grounds at Couchiching First Nation.

Another activity this week was visiting Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung National Historical Site, also known as Manitou Mounds, along Rainy River, for the annual Youth and Elders Summit.

A big meegwetch to everyone who took the time to spend the day with us!

The day brought community elders and youth together to share experiences and learn from each other. We took part in a drum ceremony and enjoyed the dancing and songs.

We also shared our experiences as rangers and the learning opportunities we were fortunate enough to have and the elders provided their insights about the program.

We held a year-end presentation and barbeque at the United Native Friendship Centre in Fort Frances to share our accomplishments with our colleagues, program partners, friends and family.

We showed a video we created that showcases all of the hard work we accomplished this summer.

It was a memorable day and we thank everyone who came out to support us!

We have had a rewarding summer performing hands-on outdoors natural resource management work, such as creating wildlife habitat and monitoring forests.

We look forward to helping with more stewardship-related community events in the future.