In 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.