Mason Mantla

Mason Mantla

Mason Mantla, our very first subject in the Dene A Journey series, stopped by the office the other day to say hi. With the recent launch of our new website, we thought he’d be a great feature for our first blog post, so we asked Mason a few questions about how his experience on the show has settled in with him. DAJ - It’s been 4 years now since we filmed your episode. Has the Dene A Journey experience altered your view on things or had an effect on the path you’ve chosen in life since then? MM - It made me think twice about how I interact with Elders. Our Elders don’t want the youth’s lives to be as hard as theirs. They didn’t have an education to fall back on and they really encourage the youth to get an education. The Elders also taught me how far I can push myself if I put my mind to it. DAJ - What were your expectations going into filming with Dene A Journey? MM- I was hoping to get a better understanding of what it was like to work in the bush as a traditional person. You also have different…