The Trails of Our Ancestors is an annual canoe trip in the Tlicho community that teaches the youth about the land, respected traditions and culture. Over 100 participants have already left Behchoko for what is expected to be a ten day excursion to Wekweeti. The youth in the community have traveled through approximately fifty portages with the goal of arriving in Wekweeti today for the Tlicho Annual Assembly.
To send off the group, many Tlicho community members came to help pack canoes and show their support for the youth. In the video below, you can see the excitement that comes with getting ready for the trip.
Tony Rabesca, the Manager of Cultural Practices for the Tlicho Government, has been assisting with the trip for over twenty years. Rabesca did not head out with the group this year, but he was asked to help co-ordinate the canoe trip. Below, Rabesca tells CKLB the importance of continuing the Trails of Our Ancestors after all these years.
One of the most important parts of the Trails of Our Ancestors is the fact that the youth have the opportunity to learn from their elders. During the excursion, elders tell stories of their experiences of living off the land and the importance of traditions as they pass on knowledge from one generation to another. Below, you can listen to several participants of different ages explain why it is key to learn from our elders.
Check out the photos of CKLB on location to see the beginning of the Trails of Our Ancestors trip in Behchoko!