Summer season program teaches Sudbury, Ont., excessive schoolers Indigenous practices

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.”

Two teenage girls posing outside.
Julia Parenteau, left, and Jade Prentice take part within the Nice Lakes Cultural Camps, provided via the Sudbury Catholic District Faculty Board. (Jonathan Migneault/CBC)

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.

People standing next to a table with deer meat on it.
Noodin Shawanda, left, teaches college students the best way to course of a deer. Shawanda is an teacher with Nice Lakes Cultural Camps, which teaches conventional Indigenous practices. (Jonathan Migneault/CBC)

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.”

A woman standing outside with a Great Lakes Cultural Camps T-shirt.
Jennifer Petahtegoose is a trainer at St. Charles School, in Sudbury, and a land-based studying trainer for the Nice Lakes Cultural Camps summer time program. (Jonathan Migneault/CBC)

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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The CBC’s Jonathan Migneault when out to fulfill a number of the college students and academics at a brand new summer time camp from the Sudbury Catholic District Faculty Board. The camp teaches highschool college students about Indigenous tradition and conventional practices.