Provincial Rod and Reel celebrations at Sagkeeng School!

The calm before the storm!
Provincial Rod and Reel celebrations at Sagkeeng School!
By Don Lamont

It was a bright sunny Friday morning as Carmen Hiebert and I headed up to Pine Falls, Manitoba. Hiebert, who works for Manitoba Hydro, was helping me conduct a full day of fishing presentations to Sagkeeng Consolidated School. Located on the shores of Traverse Bay, this school has 500 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. The Sagkeeng First Nation is an Anishinaabe First Nation which holds territory east of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.
Sagkeeng, which
was once called Fort Alexander, has an on-reserve population of approximately 3,300 people. Ojibwe is the name of the tribe that lives in Sagkeeng. The name "Sagkeeng" is derived from the Ojibwe word zaagiing meaning "at the outlet, which of course is appropriate since it lies at the mouth of the Winnipeg River as it empties into mighty Lake Winnipeg. I have spent countless hours of the last 40 years fishing this body of water and the abundant fish that swim in both the river and Traverse Bay. Every spring and fall huge schools of walleye are attracted to the mouth of the river due to the abundant forage that is attracted the constant flow of water from the Winnipeg River.  So what better place to do the program, an area rich in fishing history.

As we arrived at the school Principal Garry Swampy was outlining the day’s activities for the school, and a busy one it was.  We had classroom all to ourselves and we had six different classes visit us this day.
With support of Manitoba Hydro we were able to give out 160 rod and reel combos along with some fishing stories and advice.
Thanks again to the staff and students at the school for such a great time.

Special thanks also to Carmen Hiebert and Manitoba Hydro for making this great program possible.!
 Carmen Hiebert handing out the rods.

1 comment:

  1. Don, I was so delighted to run across your blog, while doing an unrelated search. I am on the teachers at Sagkeeng, and thank you once again for your wonderful presentation. The children were fully engaged, and enthralled with your stories and experience. And because they have lived beside the river their whole life, you are kindred spirits. Keep up the good work, and take care!

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