For highschool college students like Julia Parenteau, studying throughout a worldwide pandemic was a problem.
“I’m so used to studying, being in a classroom, however as a highschool scholar, I discover it very tense. It isn’t that enjoyable. I get up within the morning and I do not wish to go to high school,” mentioned Parenteau, who will begin Grade 10 within the fall at Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary Faculty in Sudbury, Ont.
However this month, Parenteau has participated in an Indigenous cultural camp that has given her a brand new purpose to rise up within the morning and study.
“These previous three weeks I’ve woken up and I have been truly excited to return right here and excited to study and check out these enjoyable new issues whereas studying these very invaluable classes alongside the way in which,” she mentioned.
“It is actually modified my perspective on studying.”
In its ongoing efforts towards reconciliation, the Sudbury Catholic District Faculty Board has collaborated with the group Nice Lakes Cultural Camps to supply the summer time program.
I do not assume I might have been doing this if it wasn’t for this program. I believe, truthfully, I might have been inside taking part in video games all day.– Jayden Toulouse
Ginette Toivenen, the college board’s Indigenous training lead, mentioned she realized about this system via the Algoma District Faculty Board, which has additionally labored with Nice Lakes Cultural Camps.
“I simply took discover and realized that that is one thing superb to carry to our college students,” Toivenen mentioned.
For the previous three weeks, highschool college students have come to the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, close to Sudbury, to study quite a lot of conventional practices, like the best way to determine vegetation with medicinal properties and processing a deer.
Jayden Toulouse, a Grade 11 scholar at St. Charles School in Sudbury, mentioned he realized to paddle a canoe for the primary time whereas on the camp.
“I do not assume I might have been doing this if it wasn’t for this program,” Toulouse mentioned. “I believe, truthfully, I might have been inside taking part in video games all day.”
Jennifer Petahtegoose, who teaches at St. Charles School and was an teacher for the summer time program, mentioned it has been nice to observe her college students join with the land.
“I am additionally from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, and it is a actually particular place for me,” she mentioned.
“To have my college students that I’ve through the faculty yr come out, after which youngsters from the opposite excessive colleges come out and earn a credit score has simply been superb.”
Petahtegoose mentioned this system helps tackle lots of the calls to motion from the Fact and Reconciliation Fee of Canada.
“I really feel like we’re doing a few of that work in being right here, connecting youngsters to their land, sharing with them a number of the language that we all know,” she mentioned.
“We’re all nonetheless second learners as nicely, however we’re attempting to share with the youngsters. They’re very fortunate, very lucky to have two elders out right here with them. One among them’s a fluent speaker. So it is simply been nice.”
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