Researchers tour northern Saskatchewan as part of summer jobs

By Derek Cornet
July 20, 2018 - 2:00pm

Two Northern Voices and Community Wellness researchers with New North have been given a unique chance to showcase some of the region’s proudest moments.

Shelley Isbister and Shaylynn McAuley began working as researchers in the beginning of June and they’ve since travelled to Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, Black Lake, Fond-du-Lac, Île-à-la-Crosse, Pinehouse Lake, Stony Rapids, Uranium City and more. Based in La Ronge, McAuley said their jobs are about filming events and people in northern Saskatchewan.

“It's to capture community wellness and all the good things that happen in the North,” she said. “People come in and promote most of the negative things. People don’t get the chance … to see all the beautiful things [locals] do.”

One of the special moments the researchers encountered was a visit to Pine Channel. The island is a one-hour boat ride from Stony Rapids and attracts many people from communities in the Far North. McAuley said it’s a place northerners go to camp, pray and reconnect with the land and culture.

The researchers also attended several graduation ceremonies, culture camps and a youth conference. In the next few weeks until their jobs end Aug. 10, Isbister noted they’ll be publishing more videos on their YouTube channel called Northern Saskatchewan and encouraging people to watch them.

“It’s been an amazing experience for us, we learned a lot and I think we’re just very honoured to get this opportunity,” she said. “We barely had any filming experience, but we’ve learned a lot so far.”

Isbister and McAuley are both post-secondary students at Northlands College. Isbister is studying carpentry while McAuley is enrolled in Indigenous Studies.

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