A community storytelling project done by Northland School Division is now a book called Finding Fire Within: By Reconnecting with the Land.
“During the project, students listened to local elders during storytelling sessions,” says a news release from Northland.
With the elders’ permission, the students compiled the stories into a book. They put the stories into their own words and illustrated them.
In answer to some follow up questions, Curtis Walty, Northland’s media relations manager says, “All grades were invited to participate in the project. The project was open to all communities we serve. We had elders involved from Métis Settlements and First Nations. We had elders involved who spoke Cree.”
The book is available on Amazon. Funding for the storytelling project came from Cenovus Energy.
Northland has 18 schools in northern Alberta. These include schools in Wabasca-Desmarais, Sandy Lake, Chipewyan Lake, Calling Lake, some west of Lesser Slave Lake and all the way up to Fort Chipewyan next to Wood Buffalo National Park.