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Connecting and Learning: Exploring Quinzhees

February 23, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Connect and learn with other educators in this hands-on workshop!

The word quinzhee brings up memories of winter fun for some of us that grew up in Manitoba winters – but how much do we know about the “snow-cave” like winter shelter? The quinzhee (from the term kóézhii meaning “in the shelter” in Slavey), is important Indigenous technology that can be used on the land to insulate and shelter people.

Dean McLeod, an avid winter camper and experienced educator will share his knowledge and respect for the quinzhee as a non-Indigenous person – and will inspire you with ideas on working with snow with youth. He’ll discuss barriers and some solutions to getting outside in winter, and the actual mechanics of building a safe and optimal quinzhee.


This program is designed for educators and run in partnership with Urban Ecology Winnipeg.

Snowy field as seen though hoar frost covered branches.


Please note

This program takes place outside and in the snow. Please come dressed appropriately to participate.

Please bring a shovel to participate in this program, it’ll make building your quinzhee much easier!

This program is designed for educators but is open to anyone who would like to learn.



Included with general admission to FortWhyte Alive

Free for FortWhyte Alive Members


FortWhyte Alive
1961 McCreary Rd
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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