The Northern Saskatchewan Trappers Association annual convention began yesterday with Youth Day at the JRMCC in La Ronge.

The day featured a number of information sessions and displays set up in the gymnasium featuring traps, snares and other tools of the trade.

Outside smokers and tables were set up to teach youth how to prepare and smoke fish and meat.

Trappers Association President, Adam O. Charles, says there are many things which can be passed along to the younger generation.

“Mostly the trapping industry, getting back on the land, teaching children how to survive in the wilderness, it’s a health benefit,” said Charles.

A number of Indigenous leaders were scheduled to speak Thursday morning, including FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron and Prince Albert Grand Council Chief Brian Hardlotte.

Today’s business includes elections for president, vice president and six regional representatives.

A feast and awards banquet will be held this evening, before the convention wraps up tomorrow.

(PHOTO: Display table at trappers convention. Photo by David Smith.)