Standing Bear Stories

Canoe/Kayak- A “traditional way of life”

Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario’s canoe and kayak instructor, Keir Johnston, takes a holistic approach to teaching the sport to participants in the Standing Bear Youth Leadership program. An elite level canoe/kayak athlete, Johnston has travelled the globe competing in major international competitions but says when he introduces the sport to the...

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Cooking up Something Good for the Soul

Youth at the Standing Bear Leadership Camp in Fort Albany had no problem getting their hands dirty cooking up a delicious batch of fry bread with Standing Bear staff Peshaunquet Shognosh. For Shognosh who is Anishinaabe First Nation from Walpole Island, the task runs deeper than mixing...

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We Came in as Outsiders and Left as Friends

Sitting around a campfire in Fort Albany, a local woman preparing a goose stew told fabled stories of legends from their First Nation community. The Standing Bear youth that surrounded her hung on her every word. Situated deep in northern Ontario, Fort Albany was new and...

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