This project’s objective is to produce a film presenting the Trips to the territory program, established by the Kassinu Mamu School, in order to promote it to other Aboriginal communities.
Background on Trips to the territory
Implemented in 1997, the Trips to the territory program aims to allow school youth to spend time in the forest, strengthen their cultural belonging, acquire knowledge from elders and cultural transmitters and develop their autonomy, their sense of responsibility and social abilities.
Since 2000, these excursions have been open to all willing students. For one week, between 30 and 50 students go to the Ilnu territory. The outings are integrated into the school program and organized throughout the year, with the educational staff, in collaboration with the transmitters, who are elders, hunters or resource people, as well as with different parts of the Band Council.
Since 2005, the school has planned an outing during each season, to develop cultural knowledge according to the annual cycle of traditional activities. Depending on the season, the resource people from the community offer different activities to the students, such as bustard hunting (spring), moose hunting (fall) and small game trapping (winter). These outings involve three components, based on the youth’s knowledge and abilities: Initiation, Experimentation and Young transmitters. The Young transmitters’ role is to take over from the more experienced transmitters, in working with the youngest participants.
Trips to the territory film project:
The Kassinu Mamu Secondary School Trips to the territory film project was born from a first film shooting experience, in the spring of 2014. Following this collaboration, Ms. Christine Tremblay, interim principal of the school offered a new partnership to Ms. Élise Dubuc, in order to help the school to promote its Trips to the territory program. The members of the project’s film team will join the excursions on the Ilnu territory, organized by the school, in order to film them in progress. The team will follow three outings:
- The spring outing on the Pehkupessekau (Pointe-Racine) site: from May 5 to 7, 2014 (Élène Tremblay, Maxime Pelletier-Huot, Carole Delamour).
- The fall outing on the Ushkui shipi (Rivière aux Écorces) site: from October 6 to 9, 2014 (Maxime Pelletier-Huot, Carole Delamour).
- The winter outing on the Verreault family territory: from February 16 to 18, 2015 (Maxime Pelletier-Huot, Carole Delamour).
Co-researcher Élène Tremblay, film research assistant Maxime Pelletier-Huot, as well as anthropology research assistant Carole Delamour were helped by Bibiane Courtois, the community coordinator and by the Trips to the territory pedagogical team.
The film, twenty minutes long, is now in production and will be delivered to the Kassinu Mamu School by Summer 2015.