Michael Mitsuk and I’m the Youth Outreach Worker for Hopedale.
It’s a program I run with the youth, and I have eight youth in my program right now. And they’re the ones that are high at risk of suicide, or, don’t get a chance to go off, so, I think they really benefit from it.
I got, I think it’s between eight and twelve harvesters lined up in the community, and, they’re not just picked out of a hat, I kinda recognized over the years who’s really good with youth, and, got the knowledge for going off and teaching kids, how to, maybe set snares or use a chainsaw. Gut a fish, all those things. That’s what I put into account when I pick the harvesters.
Just being off out on the land, I think, relieves the stress. They don’t think about their problems at home, or, any problems they have at all, it’s just, when you’re out there you’re relaxed.
Can you tell me what we did yesterday?
Yeah, um, we took a youth and a harvester, and we went to get some wood and went for a little partridge hunt. We got one. That’s the only one we seen, so we were successful.
If we had probably five or six, we’d probably donate…probably two or three to the community freezer, it all depends on how much we get. And it could be the fish too, whatever, like whatever we take in.
And they got a load of wood each. Our harvester hauled a box for himself, and the youth got a box for his mom, so his mom was real happy.
It warms my heart when I brings wood to people that, can’t get it. They don’t have skidoo or, it's…I love my job. Yeah.