The Fur Trade Game

Grade(s): 4, 5, and 6

Location: Father Lacombe Chapel

Program Delivery: In Person

Fur trading is an important part of Canadian history. At the chapel children discover what the fur trade was all about through an interactive role playing game where they earn beaver pelts to trade at the local trading post for items that will help ensure they survive an 1800’s Alberta winter.


Student Outcomes

  • Learn how Francophones voyageurs established roots in Alberta
  • Identify social dynamics between voguers, M étis, First Nations, missionary communities


Suggested Pairings 

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Teacher Feedback

I have done clay projects with you for as long as I can remember. Once again, everything was AMAZING! We have a new grade partner this year who had never been, and she absolutely loved it! The instructors are always excellent, They explain and guide the students in manageable chunks to make it easy for the kids to follow along. I love that you allow extra parents to come and assist. I especially like that the projects are always connected to the curriculum! Thanks again.

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The instructor was amazing. She engaged the students in the Métis culture. The activity was hands on and informative.

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