Attawapiskat Students Visit Toronto

by NationTalk on May 10, 20071072 Views

May 10, 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Holy Spirit Catholic School community will act as host and tour guide for students from JK Nakogee School in Attawapiskat, Northern Ontario, when they visit Toronto from May 13th through to May 18th.While in Toronto, the grade seven students from the Cree First Nation community located on the west coast of James Bay, will participate in a school soccer and lacrosse tournament, visit cultural sites, including Chinatown and the Toronto Zoo. A highlight of the trip will be a luncheon with the Hon. James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, on Thursday, May 17th at Queen’s Park, Toronto.

Holy Spirit Catholic School has developed an ongoing rapport with the staff and students at JK Nakogee School as a direct result of the Toronto Catholic District School Board Twinning Initiative in support of the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Literacy Program.

In October 2007 Holy Spirit Grade Eight students plan on having a reciprocal visit where they will learn about the traditional ways of the Cree and understand first hand some of the challenges of living in the remote and the effects of climate change on this ecologically sensitive region of our province.

This exchange has been partially financed and facilitated by the Society for Educational Exchange and Visits in Canada (SEVEC). Over the last 70 years, SEVEC has brought together more than 300,000 young Canadians through exchanges, visits and forums.

For further information, contact Patrick Keyes, Principal at Holy Spirit Catholic School and Chair of the TCDSB Twinning Committee.

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The Toronto Catholic District School Board educates close to 90,000 students from diverse cultures and language backgrounds in its 201 Catholic elementary and secondary schools and serves 471,078 Catholic school supporters across the City of Toronto.

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