Jan 2014 Winter Survival & Igloo Course

WINTER SURVIVAL & IGLOO COURSE

Hosted by: Fisher River Cree Nation

Instructed by: Maple Leaf Survival™

January 10-12, 2014

This course is designed for travelers and persons whose occupations expose them to winter/arctic conditions as well as winter camping and survival enthusiasts.  It is also designed for people wishing to become more aware of northern sociological and environmental issues. Techniques of winter survival will be examined through field work, lectures, group discussions, and slide presentations.

Personal survival kits for northern travelers will be discussed in addition to survival relating to downed aircraft. Participants will build their own Inuit igloo, and time permitting, the Athabaskan Quinzhee and Hybrid survival snow shelters.

Maple Leaf Survival is a locally based survival organization instructing survival courses at various locations in Manitoba and partners with Cabelas, Bushcraft Canada, Fort Whyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh.

Maple Leaf Survival practices a combination of old world primitive and contemporary approaches, focusing on what works rather than limiting survival skills to a specific style. A well-rounded approach using various methods and adapting oneself to a survival situation is the philosophical foundation upon which Maple Leaf Survival is based.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT:

Introduction to the Arctic

Slide lecture – “Snow shelter construction”

SATURDAY:

Breakfast

Igloo construction

Lunch

Complete igloo construction

Dinner

Knife Skills

Survival food  discussion

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Sleep in snow shelters

SUNDAY:

Quinzhee construction and Inuit games

Fire Theory, Concepts & Techniques

Rescue Signaling

Primitive Navigation

Survival kits

Lunch

 

COSTS:

$65.00/person/day = $162.50/person (based on 2.5 days)

All participants are responsible for bringing their own sleeping gear and proper winter clothing, which is a requirement for the course. Accommodations and washroom facilities are available within the lodge for those who do not wish to sleep outside in their survival shelters. However, you will still need your own bedding/sleeping bags etc.

The course will be held in January and is usually the coldest month of the winter so please be prepared for the weather conditions. The following is a list of suggested materials and gear every participant should bring to have a successful, comfortable, and fun time during the course:

•     Sleeping Bag, blankets and a Pillow (cold weather blankets)

•     Bedding materials (roll mats, no air mattress)

•     Tarp – approximately 10′ x 10′

•     Winter parka

•     Snow pants

•     Winter boots

•     Winter head & neck gear

•     Winter gloves/mitts (two pairs) and Wool Socks (two pairs)

•     Cold weather clothing and baselayers (wool, synthetics. Please AVOID cotton if possible)

•     Flash lights

•     Sunglasses, Lip Balm, Toiletries

 

Optional – not necessary but would be beneficial

 

•     Knife (ideally a fixed blade with sheath)

•     Wood hand saw

•     Signal mirrors

•     Signal flairs

•     Survival kits

•     Shovel

 

To register, please call: 204-782-5205

Thank you

 

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2013 Peguis First Nation Winter Survival Igloo & Quinzhee Course

Maple Leaf Survival is pleased to be working with Peguis First Nation to instruct a Winter Survival Igloo & Quinzhee Course the weekend of January 11th – 13th, 2013.

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We are also excited to be partnering with Manitoba’s Civil Air Search & Rescue Association (CASARAMAN) to conduct a fly-over to practice ground-to-air signalling skills.

Registration is limited to members of Peguis First Nation Reserve.

Max participants: 30

www.peguisfirstnation.com

 

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2013 Fisher River Winter Survival Igloo & Quinzhee Course

Maple Leaf Survival is pleased to be working with Fisher River First Nation to instruct a Winter Survival Igloo & Quinzhee Course the weekend of January 25th – 27th, 2013.

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We are also excited to be partnering with Manitoba’s Civil Air Search & Rescue Association (CASARAMAN) to conduct a fly-over to practice ground-to-air signalling skills.

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Fisher River Cree Nation Logo

Registration is limited to members of Fisher River First Nation Reserve.

Max participants: 30 (only 5 spots left !)

www.fisherriver.com

 

 

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Arctic Survival Instructor

Shawn – Senior Arctic Survival Instructor for Maple Leaf Survival

Survival Background & Experience

An Arctic Lifestyles course taught through the university was the catalyst for Shawn to become an aficionado and expert of Arctic Survival training.  Shawn attended the course in the winter of 1998 where he was first introduced and given the opportunity to discover the incredible world of the Inuit. The course introduced him to the world of ice, the midnight sun, and the beautiful culture of these storied people.  Throughout his academic studies he continued to dive further into Canada’s aboriginal cultures with specific interests in hunting techniques, tools, and traditional lifestyles.

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After living in the arctic, immersing himself in the Inuit culture, and absorbing the breathtaking landscape unique to this part of the world, Shawn has gained invaluable first hand personal experience from these masters of survival.  Living alongside the Inuit of Canada’s arctic regions, he learned from a culture that has managed to thrive and flourish in a beautiful yet harsh environment since time immemorial. Hunting, gathering, and living the “Inuit way” was profound and insightful. As such, it is reflected in his approach towards arctic survival.

An expert at building Igloos and Quinzhees, Shawn is also an avid hunter and wilderness enthusiast with extensive knowledge of aboriginal hunting techniques, lifestyles and cultures.

Shawn has since been the Senior Arctic Survival Instructor for courses offered through the departments of Zoology, Environment and Geography, and Native Studies.  These courses have been attended by all levels of post-secondary students and faculty members, emergency rescue personnel, pilots, medical professionals, military personnel and wilderness survival enthusiasts.  The courses have been designed to provide participants with the knowledge of not only how to survive, but thrive in Canada’s coldest environments with an emphasis on aboriginal techniques – specifically those of the Inuit and northern sub-arctic peoples.

To experience the iconic cold of Canada’s north, consider taking part in the winter courses offered by Shawn and Maple Leaf Survival.

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2012 IGLOO Building Courses at Delta Marsh Field Station – SOLD OUT!

Maple Leaf Survival will be Co-Instructing two weekend IGLOO building courses this February 2012 at the Delta Marsh Field Station.

“The Delta Marsh Field Station, a research and teaching facility of the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada), is located on the south shore of Lake Manitoba (98°23’W, 50°11’N). It borders Delta Marsh, a “Wetland of International Significance” under the Ramsar Convention, that is one of the largest lacustrine marshes in North America.”

“The course is designed for travelers and persons whose occupations expose them to winter Arctic conditions and winter camping enthusiasts.  It is also designed for persons wishing to become more aware of northern sociological and environmental issues.  Techniques of winter survival will be examined through field work, lectures, group discussions, slide presentations and films.

Personal survival kits for the northern travelers will be discussed as well as survival for persons in downed aircraft.  All participants will build their own Inuit igloo, and time permitting, the Athabaskan Quinzhee.  Participants will also have the opportunity to try out Inuit-made winter clothing.”

INTRUCTORS:

Drs. Rick Riewe and Jill Oakes

CO-INSTRUCTORS:

Maple Leaf Survival

FRIDAY NIGHT:

Introduction to the Arctic (Slide lecture – “Snow shelter construction”)

SATURDAY:           

Breakfast-Igloo construction – Lunch-Complete igloo construction – Dinner-Native skin clothing demonstrations – Northern foods & cross-cultural survival food discussion

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Sleep in igloo shelters

SUNDAY:

Quinzhee construction and Inuit games – Survival Kits designed and evaluated – Lunch

 

Contact us for more information:

info@mapleleafsurvival.com

 

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