Kapawe’no First Nation – In the vast expanse of nature, where elements often dictate the terms, understanding the art of survival can be the difference between adversity and adventure. This belief underpins the core principles of the Outdoor Education program at our Kapawe’no Nêhiyawak School.
Under the expert guidance of Mr Fred Mack and Mr Thomas renowned for their wealth of outdoor survival knowledge, our Outdoor Physical Education and LAWF students embarked on a transformative journey this past week. Beyond the mere confines of a classroom, their education took a practical turn as they delved deep into the essentials of wilderness survival.
Knot-tying stood out as the primary skill on their learning agenda. While seemingly simple, the art of tying the right knot can be the linchpin in many survival situations. With Fred’s meticulous instruction, students swiftly moved from basic loops to more intricate hitch and binding knots.
The lessons didn’t stop at knots. Shelter building emerged as the next challenge. Armed with rudimentary tools and natural resources, the students were tasked with constructing a shelter that could withstand the whims of the weather.
As the students collaborated, the spirit of teamwork was showcased. Ideas were exchanged, their hands worked hard, and before long, a solid shelter stood to their combined efforts and Fred Mack’s expert mentoring.
With the guidance of Mr Bryan Thomas and Mr Fred Mack and the participation of our students, this week was a vivid reminder that when faced with nature’s challenges, with the right skills and collaboration, we can not only survive but thrive.
Last modified: October 2, 2023