Smoke rises from the banks of the North Saskatchewan River as canoes heavily laden with furs can be seen negotiating the Brierley’s Rapid on their way to the trading post at Rocky Mountain House – 220 years ago!
Rocky Mountain House shares a long and storied fur trade history with Indigenous peoples and European traders, dating back to the trading posts built in 1799.
Grade 2 students from Ecole Rocky Elementary spent a day immersed in our rich history and culture at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, where the past truly comes alive through oral traditions, role playing and interactive activities.
Ria Mugisha, teacher at Ecole Rocky Elementary, believes that providing this type of educational experience to her class will “increase the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the students to FNMI cultures and languages”.
Giving our students a window into the past opens doors to their futures; creating a strong sense of community and pride in understanding our diverse history as Canadians.
Photo and article by: Ashley Gaehring