The Moc and Talk Program provides youth with the opportunity to make moccasins by hand. The name of the program is a spinoff of the saying “walk ‘n talk.” We know that in the past, part of the process of making anything by hand was a time of teaching, storytelling and laughter, which is a tradition that is still very much alive in our communities and continues to this day. There are many urban First Nation, Métis and Inuit youth that have not been given the opportunity to learn these skills, we were able to provide them with the opportunity by teaching them to make moccasins, the importance of conversations and connecting with others in the program. This provided our youth with the opportunity to connect to their culture, its traditions and to make new friends.
This year the focus was on making a baby moccasin, using canvas first and moving on to a much thinner and cost efficient hid, so the youth were able to work on their stitching. The idea was to provide them with the opportunity to complete a pair of baby moccasins and move on to making a pair of their own with deer hide next year.