PAGE 11 MAZINA’IGAN SUMMER 2017 Ashland,Wis.—Northland College hosted the 2017 LakeSuperiorYouthSymposiumtheweekendofApril28th on the NC campus. Students from all around the region gathered for a weekend of environmental experiences and ecological knowledge. GLIFWC conservation wardens Holly Berkstresser and Christina Dzwonkowski led two morning sessions on trapping and the harvesting of furbearers. “What does ethics mean to you?” Berkstresser asked thecrowd.“Ethicsisaboutdoingtherightthing,evenwhen nobody is watching.” Much like biologists, hunters and trappers also have a strict commitment to the resources they work with. Caring for the resource and protecting them is a huge part of being an ethical steward of the land. Next, the officers highlighted the driving factors in fur prices and the fur trade industry. Anishinaabe history and perspective were incorporated throughout the presentation. The fur trade was a big part of Anishinaabe history and economy prior to currency. Furs were also a very reliable way to clothe a family and keep a lodge warm throughout the year. Officer Dzwonkowski gave an Ojibwemowin lesson for the audience to better understand that each animal has an Ojibwe name and relevant translation. Participants also jumped out of their seats to test some of the foot-hold traps and even the more intimidating conibear traps. Some of the youth came from families with rich trapping history and were able to contribute great questions and answers. Some youth traveled from Michigan, and others from Minnesota. Every State has different equipment requirements and season regulations. For instance, in Wisconsin an individual that wants to trap on state lands is required to take a trapper education course. “These courses are great so that we teach trappers to remain ethical and under- stand the rules and regulations that protect the resource,” said Officer Berkstresser, stressing the importance of these classes for first time trappers. Anishinaabe teachings always relay the significance of the seventh genera- tion. Thinking to the future and carefully examining our metaphorical footprints on aki (earth) are lessons that need to be ingrained into the minds of our future generations. Examining the crowd of intent young listeners was enough to reassure even the most doubtful minds. The 2017 Lake Superior Youth Symposium sent students on an unforgettable adventure. These young people will return to their communities and share what they have learned in hopes of protecting the very places that are dear to them. Peter David, GLIFWC wildlife biologist also presented at the conference. GLIFWC officers explore trapping & culture with students 2017 Lake Superior Youth Symposium By Dylan Jennings, Staff Writer GLIFWC law enforcement officers introduced young people to fur trapping at the 2017 Lake Superior Youth Symposium held at Northland College. Officer Christina Dzwonkowski (left) is pictured with a bobcat pelt. Students (right) examine a finished beaver hide. (DJ photos) For the Earth, Water: Water Walkers were greeted by the sound of the drum as they carried nibi from Mooningwanekaaning-minis (Madeline Island) to Mashkiiziibing (Bad River) on April 25. This leg of the journey was only part of a walk that extended from Duluth, Minnesota to Matane, Qeubec. Water walks are regarded as an Anishinaabe ceremony to honor all nibi and to speak to water spirits so that there will be healthy rivers, lakes, and oceans for generations to come. Melvina Flamand took the first stretch on Bad River soil, carrying the water in a copper vessel while Mike Clark walked next to her with the Eagle Feather Staff. Special thanks to GLIFWC Officer Dan North for transporting the Water Walkers across Gichigami. For more information on the walk, please visit (Paula Maday photo) • GLIFWC ENFORCEMENT • All in the same boat GLIFWC officers and a host of law enforcement agency representatives that serve the Great Lakes convened March 21-22 in Ypsilanti, Mich. At the twice-yearly meetings, wardens participate in training courses and share new enforcement techniques. GLIFWC’s Dan North, Fred Maulson, Steven Amsler, and Matt Kniskern offered a session on using drones for search and rescue operations. Participants included natural resources officers from Wisconsin, Michi- gan,Minnesota,Ohio,Illinois,Indiana,Ontario(Can),plusanumberoftribes. Agreatexampleofinteragencycooperation,thesemeetingshelpauthoritiesin boththeUnitedStatesandCanadabetterunderstandissuesimportanttotribes.