The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan has implemented Earthwalkers as a stewardship program for youth to provide work experience in the natural resources sector. It is a partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ottawa Valley Forest.
The Earthwalkers stewardship is an eight-week program offering Algonquin youth the opportunity to learn more about managing their natural environment while gaining both experience and formal education. It is comprised of a group of youth, the Earthwalkers Stewardship Ranger Team who are all under the age of 18 and directed by a team leader.
The team is given opportunities to learn: how to construct and install wetland species habitats, such as wood duck boxes and beaver baffles; complete wetland assessments; bear awareness; and how to identify fish and wildlife, specifically invasive species. Training also includes: health and safety courses, how to handle navigational equipment, orientation skills development, forestry management techniques and tree identification.
This program links landowners, land interest groups, and agencies to encourage responsible land care on private land. Groups of interest include: Ducks Unlimited, Bonnechere River Watershed, Forest Lea Cross Country Ski Group, Pikwakanagan Pow Wow Committee and Elders Committee, Kemptville College/Ministry Of The Environment, Timberline Snow Country Skidoo Club, Renfrew County Woodlot Association, and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH).
Funding is provided by the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ottawa Valley Forest and the Renfrew County Stewardship Council.