‘Adult field trip’: Program teaches young people about reconciliation, climate change

 By Colette Derworiz THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY- Cole Flanagan says he can’t stop talking about his experience in the Canadian Rockies earlier this summer and it wasn’t just about having mountain adventures. It also included learning about issues including climate change, mental health and reconciliation. “It was very heavy at times,” said the 21-year-old from southern Ontario. “There was a lot of emotions. There was a lot of people going through some pretty challenging life situations, and everyone came together and shared and laughed and cried.” One of the difficult moments, he said, was a visit to a former residential school in Alberta, where survivors shared their stories and talked about intergenerational trauma. “Being there made it so much different.” Flanagan was participating in Howl, a program that gives young…

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