Washed Up; Traders, Trappers and Coureurs Des Bois

Grade(s): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12

Location: St. Albert Grain Elevators

Program Delivery: In Person

Bring your class to the St. Albert Grain Elevators, sign on with a fur trade company and portage a canoe, bundle furs and work along a trapline. Then set out on your own creative quest to illustrate the lives of these early settlers using a pen and tea wash technique. A great way to combine Social Studies and Art!



  • Stories and Legends of Voyageurs
  • Canadian Communities
  • Canadian Fur Trade


Student Outcomes

  • Learn how the geography and natural resources shaped Canada's history
  • Connect the diverse relationships between First Nations, Metis and French and English in the fur trade


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.

Bishop David MotiukGr 3, “Nunavut Kayaks” Clay Program

The Peru and Indigenous Peoples of Canada program perfectly connected Gr 3 Social Studies content with some Gr 4 Social Studies content. We had lots to talk about after.

Lynnwood SchoolGr 3/4, “Peru and the Aboriginal People of Canada” Museum program

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

St. Edmund SchoolGr 4 “Metis Contemporary Beading” Gallery Indigenous In-School Program