A facebook post from a Lakeland school is getting attention all over social media. Aurora Middle School in Lac La Biche put up a Facebook post on October 29th showing off the Outdoor Education class learning how properly butcher a deer that had been hunted.
The post has since gone viral with over 35,000 shares and 2,800 comments. Northern Lights Public Schools Communications Officer Nicole Garner says most of the feedback on the post is people saying how much they enjoy the students getting the opportunity to learn such a skill.
“There are some people, obviously, who are opposed to eating meat or hunting or whatever. In the context of our communities, these are places where a lot of people hunt and a lot of people feed their families with what they catch.”
The class featured an Indigenous elder working with the class teaching traditional skills around working with the game meat. Garner says another greenhouse-like area in the school provides students with the opportunity to grow fruits and veggies and learn more about where their food comes from.
“This is a school that does a lot of hands-on work with students to give them practical life skills and teach them things that they’ll take with them long after they’ve left that school.”