Thieves nab camping gear from Skookum Jim

An estimated $13,000 of equipment has been stolen from a storage locker belonging to the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.

An estimated $13,000 of equipment has been stolen from a storage locker belonging to the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.

Missing are four wall tents and tent frames, one Honda generator, three expedition tents and several high-end stoves.

It’s believed the equipment went missing sometime between September and the beginning of May.

The equipment was used for workshops out on the land, said Joe Migwans, traditional parenting co-ordinator with the centre.

“We take families out to learn about fishing, traditional medicine, harvesting moose and for hunting camp,” he said.

Migwans said the tents are also used in the fall, during berry picking workshops.

“We use them all through the spring, summer, fall but in the winter we don’t use them much and that’s when they went missing.”

Migwans is hopeful that he won’t have to cancel any programs and is going to try and find additional money to replace the wall tents.

“Those are the main places for the families to stay,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to replace them just because of the cost.”

The centre has filed a report with the RCMP, who have deemed it a priority case.

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