Voyageur in training
St. Francis of Assisi Middle School Grade 7 student Aimee Skinner, dressed in a buckskin, beaded jacket and a fur hat, struggles to pick up what represents a 90-pound bale of furs at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery Tuesday. Skinner and her Challenge Group classmates were touring the fur trading exhibit at the museum and got the chance to see what it took to be a voyageur. The students taking part in the enrichment program head out on monthly educational field trips through Alberta and are exposed to experiences they would not otherwise get a chance to see, said their teachers. The exhibit, on loan from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, is entitled Profit and Ambition: The Canadian Fur Trade, 1779-1821. It will be on display until Dec. 9.