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KO withdraws from Pinewood School project – thedrydenobserver.ca
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KO withdraws from Pinewood School project
News — 25 May 2012
By Chris Marchand
One of the proponents behind a controversial proposal to establish a transitional high school program for First Nations youth from remote communities has backed out of the process.
Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO), also known as Northern Chiefs, issued a press release, Friday, stating they’ve halted their efforts to develop the school in the face of public opposition. Representing six Treaty 9 communities, KO was working in partnership with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board on the project.
“The invitation to work with the school board in the development stage work was initially well received by the Keewaytinook Okimakanak leadership,” said KO Chairman Geordi Kakepetum. “But after reading the public concerns in their petition and comments from the town leaders about this development, the Chiefs now want to respect the wishes of the Dryden community and withdraw from participating in this project.”