This is my 2nd episode of the "Tikanagan Dreams" trilogy of Canada's Frontiers Foundation promotional videos, on their "Arctic Education and Recreation Program", that is coordinated from the western office, by Don Irving. "Tikanagan" is an Anishnabe word for a cradle board or baby back pack. The reference is to an Aboriginal mother's dreams for decent housing, education & a future for her children.

International Operation Beaver volunteers work in schools in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon, assisting students through tutoring and training. Volunteers go to host communities in northern Canada and help organize activities for local youth at various recreational and/or educational centres. It is a rich and wonderful opportunity for volunteers and members of the host communities to share cross-cultural information and experience.

The education work is not easy and many of the communities in which the volunteers work can offer unique and unexpected challenges. Apart from education work, however, the volunteers take an active part in the community and extra-curricular activities: such as Drum Dancing, soccer, cross-country skiing, curling, fishing, hunting, skidooing, and crafts, like making mukluks!

Was aided in this project with a wonderful collection of photographs by Elaine Miceli & Belisa Rathunde, two charming international volunteers from Brazil, who worked in Tulita, N.W.T., (2007-2008). Also, enjoyed interviewing the Western Coordinator, Don Irving, in his home in Surrey, B.C.; as well as, Edwin Kolausok, an Inuvialuit author, Community Advocate, Aboriginal Economic Development Consultant and member of the Frontiers Board of Directors.

Anyone interested in making a donation to Frontiers Foundation, or purchasing one of my promotional DVDs, can contact them at

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