Animal hide tanning is a lost skill to many Indigenous youth, said Rhonda Leclair, a high school teacher from Pic River First Nation.

Leclair works for the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Endzhi-gkinoomaading private high school and brought three students to Thunder Bay this week to learn how to traditionally tan an animal hide during a workshop led by Julia Prinselaar at Centennial Park.

Leclair said the school partners with Anishinabek Employment and Training Services and one of the focuses of the course is land-based learning.

“The students are really engaged in the activity,” she said. “They’re eager to learn of our old traditions. Hopefully they can take this skill and apply it when we go to our (community’s) moose camp.”

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