More than 5400 people inhabit the area, including some 2,000 residents of the Bigstone Cree Nation Reserves. Brimming with cultural and historical treasures, the place and its peoples are a mesmerizing mix of past achievements, present activity, and future possibilities.

Ottawa and Calling Lake students forge powerful partnership

Exchange links Ottawa and Calling Lake studentsIn mid-April, 14 Nepean High School students spent a week at Calling Lake School to learn about Cree culture and life in the community.

Teacher Connie Landry applied to the YMCA Canada Youth Exchange Program to make it happen. Calling Lake, part of Bigstone Cree Nation, was one of the first schools to get in touch.

“As a second-year teacher of the First Nations Grade 10 History course, I continued to feel that the course lacked an authentic First Nations, Metis, and Inuit voice,” said Landry. “Partnering with a First Nations community seemed a powerful and immediate way to improve knowledge”

For the second half of the exchange, 13 students from Calling Lake School will spend this week in Ottawa. They’ll attend class, visit museums and Parliament, and take part in other cultural events.


Things to do in the MD of Opportunity

Located roughly three hours north of Edmonton, Alberta Canada is the MD of Opportunity. The region plays host to eight major lakes, countless other pristine bodies of water and five campgrounds. Any outdoor enthusiast will enjoy the rugged, rustic landscape. This is truly a place to get away from it all.

Canada Day

Canada Day is coming up and preparations are underway for the Canada Day Parade.

Check out the crowd that turned out to welcome the parade floats and marchers from Canada Day 2013.