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Youth from Norway House Cree Nation learn to live off the land – CBC

Nov 23, 2022

Lester Balfour has taught over 100 young people how to trap, fish and gather food

On a cold November morning, Lester Balfour heads out onto the land with a group of boys to check his rabbit snares about a 40 minute drive north of Norway House Cree Nation.

A snare is a simple tool — a branch and a silver wire.

Balfour uses his fist to measure the circumference of the wire loop, making it slightly larger than a rabbit’s head.

The end of the wire is loosely fastened, the idea being that when a rabbit runs through it, the wire tightens around its neck.

“So when a rabbit runs in, it gets caught,” Balfour said. “That’s how you get your rabbit.”

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