The Humber Valley Traditional Skills proposal is intended as a pilot project to: (1) identify existing traditional knowledge holders in the area (craft producers, bakers, cooks, artists, makers); (2) identify needs and gaps related to traditional knowledge transfer, and (3) develop lesson plans / kits / curriculum materials for a series of hands-on, intergenerational training workshops for local seniors and youth.
One part of the Humber Valley Traditional Skills project will be to identify what traditional skills were unique to each of the communities and how active those skills are today. As one example, the Pasadena Heritage Society (PAS) has engaged senior members of the community to teach things such as knitting, crocheting, bread-making, pies, jams and more (see partners section for more information). The making of traditional snowshoes is something the group has considered looking at. The inventorying step will include identifying local makers in the region, comparing different styles, collecting stories about use and manufacture, and if possible documenting the process.
In general, this inventory work includes: proper identification of communities or groups and their representatives; ensuring that only intangible cultural heritage recognized by the community or groups is inventoried; ensuring that the free, prior and informed consent of the communities or groups is obtained for inventorying; and, actively involving local or regional governments and organizations.