In 2010 Taiga transitioned from land-operations in Ft. Smith to a site off the grid beyond Yellowknife.
Additionally, we piloted a river-camp on the Mackenzie, between Ft. Simpson and Willow Lake River in the Deh Cho.
In total, over 80 girls from every region of the NWT, participated in Taiga 2010 camps; including new and returning campers from our two previous years. The focus of the programming was on leadership and outdoor adventure. Campers participated in activities ranging from song writing to kayaking, mask-making, traditional knowledge, drama and canoe-tripping.
We asked campers the question “What difference did Taiga make for You?”. Here are some example of what they have said:
“I won’t be shy when I go back. I will do different things like go to the bush with my Dad.”
“I used to think the North was boring but now I know there are things to do. Also, I realize now that if I put my mind to something I can do it even if I don’t think so at the beginning.”
“I know to open the book and read it instead of judging by the cover.”
“I know to pick up after myself and not litter anymore and care for the environment more.
“I will relate to others differently by trusting them more.”
“When I am around town or anything like that, traveling or so, I don’t know how I should act. But being at Taiga gave me a boost. I don’t need to worry about what people think of me. I just need to worry about who I am.”
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Happy Fall & Best Wishes for a great semester at School.