Learning from the land in the North

Globe and Mail

ANDREA WOO: Trishia Smith sips from her travel mug, being careful not to spill during the bumps and jolts of her morning commute along miles of snowy terrain. The 29-year-old is among a small group of students headed to its first class of the day, traversing miles of snowy terrain aboard a traditional Inuit sled called a komatik. Spruce trees pass on the horizon and the sun beams from a blue and cloudless sky.

About 20 minutes later, the sled slows to a halt near two fishing holes, one marked with a small inukshuk - a man-shaped pile of stone - this time made from blocks of ice. The students' first assignment of the day is to check the fishing net hanging between them, collecting and scaling the day's haul.

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