Cree Traditional Pursuits Training Program is designed to develop a training program to teach Crees not experienced in bush life the basic skills to practice Cree traditional pursuits.
It is to teach the next generation of Cree hunters and trappers the fundamentals of living in the bush applying Cree traditional knowledge and techniques.

The idea of the program is to give students sufficient knowledge to live and survive in the bush, so that they can use their learned skills properly. The program will benefit from the tremendous knowledge of Cree elders to teach these fundamentals to younger generations.

There were similar programs developed in the past, but compilations occurred because a lack of funds available. Obtaining long-term funding was often the biggest limitation; this is still the main challenge.
Cree Science and Technology was created but it was more focused on the educational practices. It did not fit with the traditional practices that the Cree was accustom to. The Cree Traditional Pursuits program is more focused on how Cree people hunt and trap.

Cree Trappers’ Association is in collaboration with Niskamoon Corporation, and are currently working to gain full accreditation for this training program. Full accreditation from the Québec Ministry of Education would ensure annual funding for the program, thereby ensuring its long-term sustainability

Step 1:  Planning (Summer/fall 2014)

       Documents were reviewed by Marc Dunn and Jean-Baptiste Loon.
       Brainstorming/planning session held on October 30, 2014 in Montreal.
       Basic concept of program presented to representatives from the College St-Felicien.

Step 2: Initial Proposal to Ministry (Winter 2014-2015)

       Workshop with CTA to develop main aspects of program on December 18, 2014.
       Program statement submitted to Ministry of Education (MELS) in January 2015.
       Accepted in March 2015.

Step 3: Relevance Study (Spring 2015)

       Basic explanation of program to Ministry representatives and its importance
       Developed based on existing information
       This is the most important step in the approval process.

Step 4: Job Analysis (November  2015)

       2-day workshop held in Amos to gather information regarding the land user “Profession.”
       Gathering of full-time land users only.
       Determine the tasks, job conditions, knowledge and skills required to be a full-time land user.
       Understand the different roles of land users (Tallymen, men, women, children)

A two-day workshop was held in Amos, Qc, on November 25-26, 2015. The goal of the workshop was to gather information from land users themselves, either active or retired, to gain an understanding of the different tasks involved in being a land user “professional.”

Step 5: Job Analysis Report

       Information gathered must be compiled (completed in spring 2016).
       CTA, Niskamoon and educational consultants will review notes. Consultants will begin report.
       If necessary, missing information can be gathered through local workshops.

Next Steps:

       Curriculum development (Fall 2016)
       Based on information gathered during job analysis workshop.
       Consultation with 9 communities regarding program design and implementation.
       Validation with other stakeholders (Grand Council of the Crees, Cree School Board, etc.)