The second annual Mooz Akinonmaaget Maa Aki Moose Hunt initiative kicked off in Sudbury in June and wrapped up Friday afternoon.
This is a mentorship program that aims to build positive relationships between Aboriginal youth and the Greater Sudbury Police Service.
Throughout the summer, the young people learned all about traditional Anishnawbek values through the teachings of the seven grandfathers, they had the opportunity to participate in a moose hunt as well as other activities. .
“The idea is to give them knowledge and I hope that helps them see that they can do whatever they think and empower them to realize that the unfortunate situation they are in right now will not be not eternal,” said Const. Darrell Rivers, Native Liaison Officer.
The program is a partnership with Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Services, Nogdawindamin Family & Community Services, Kina Gbehzgomi Child and Family Services, Children’s Aid Society, Shkagamik-Kwe Health Center and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, to name a few. some.
Eight young people from child protection agencies participated.
Some of the people told CTV News they learned a lot and had better relationships with local police officers.
“It was pretty good being part of the moose hunting program. I had many opportunities. When I was little, I never really had the opportunity to practice my culture; but it’s good that the children in care have the opportunity to practice it,” said Brandon, one of the participants.
“I realized that not all cops are bad. Before, I didn’t have a good opinion of them, but now that I have had the opportunity to learn more about them.
Greater Sudbury Police said they hope to make it an annual event for years to come.