Take A Kid Trapping/Harvesting


Categories associated with best practice:

  • Health Equity
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  • Teens (ages 13-18) icon
  • Young Adult (ages 19-24) icon
  • Culture
  • Income and social status
  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Physical Activity
  • Physical environment
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Determinants of Health: Language and culture, Income and social status (including gap between rich and poor), Personal health practices and coping skills


A land based program established in 2002 aims to provide Aboriginal school aged children with opportunities to participate in food harvesting activities and other traditional skills. The program is based on a need for younger generations to learn about and become able to trap. Each participating community is invited to apply for a cost-sharing program and adapt the programming to their own needs and traditions by incorporating local Elders and trappers. Children participate in camps and other activities where local community members teach students a number of traditional food based skills: building traps, hunting, trapping, preserving meat and other skills. In 2012, 2, 400 youth in NWT participated in the program.

Primary Source Document

Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program, Northwest Territories , Take a Kid Trapping & Harvesting: Report 2009-2010 http://www.iti.gov.nt.ca/publications/take-kid-trappingharvesting-20092010-report

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)


Intervention Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
Introduce Northwest Territories (NWT) youth to the traditional life-skills practices of hunting, trapping, fishing and outdoor survival.
  • Individual level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.

Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

  • Physical Activity

Risk Reduction

    Specific Activities of the Intervention

    • Information sessions offered about a risk factor or condition
    • Group process/program
    • Other

    Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

    Life Stage

    • Youth (age 13-18 years)
    • Young adult (age 19-24 years)


    Educational Settings

    • Secondary/Middle school

    Community Setting

    • Child and youth camp


    Outcomes and Impact Chart
    Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
    Individual LevelProvides opportunities for youth to participate in land-based activities, filling an established gap in the number of young people who know about traditional hunting and trapping activities.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.


    Implementation History

    • Multiple implementations - Similar settings/populations/providers - The intervention has been implemented more than twice in the same setting with the same population by similar providers, and is theoretically applicable to other settings and/or populations. This can include multiple implementations during the same time period. *Each implementation of the intervention must have been substantially the same and must have demonstrated positive results for the primary objectives of the intervention.

    Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

    • Specialized skills training provided as part of the Intervention - The intervention does not require individuals or groups with highly specialized training, but requires that individuals or groups be trained as part of the implementation of the intervention.

    Are there supports available for implementation


    Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions

    Yes. Funding and application review committee