ESGENOÔPETITJ (GNB) – Middle school Wabanaki students will have the opportunity for hands-on learning at welding camps this summer.

“Trade education provides students with experiential, hands-on learning,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “The camps provide students with an opportunity to learn new skills in an enjoyable and supportive environment.”

The welding camp at Esgenoôpetitj First Nation will take place from Aug. 12 to 16. Students also had an opportunity to participate in a welding camp on Natoagenag (Eel Ground) First Nation in July.

The students learn welding and fabrication skills, associated math, and safety skills.

The department’s Office of First Nation Education previously partnered with the CWB Welding Foundation for the construction of the welding stations at Esgenoôpetitj and at Natoagenag (Eel Ground) First Nation.

A similar welding camp was offered last summer at both communities. The Office of First Nation Education continues to seek opportunities for partnerships in learning with Wabanaki communities across New Brunswick.