The Eva Joseph Learning and Cultural Society created a new children’s program this summer to encourage getting outside and exploring the Columbia Valley. The program was offered for any interested children ages six to 12, with the hopes of getting kids interested in exploring the nature found within our own backyard.
Children from the Akisqnuk community, Shuswap Indian Band, and Columbia Valley Metis engaged in the program, taking advantage of the many activities available ranging from hiking, going to the beach, cultural activities, dancing and craft-making.
Sarah Downey, Exploring Badgers Coordinator, in a press release says the children especially loved learning how to canoe. “The children learned how to paddle, learned about some of the wildlife that lives in our valley and even got to see a turtle up close.”
The Exploring Badgers also were able to combine fun and learning about the land and Indigenous culture with the help of Richard Bryce, Diana Cote, The Columbia Lake Ambassadors and Lake Windermere Ambassadors through a variety of field trips and cultural teachings.
Haley Grinder, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Columbia Valley Pioneer