Shad Valley students ready to change the world –

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 2017267 Views

Students from across the country will be spending the next four weeks at Lakehead University to participate in the Shad Valley Program.

THUNDER BAY – Grade 12 student, Yesenia Cheekinew of Surrey, B.C., dreams of helping fight for the rights of Indigenous people across Northern Ontario and the nation. On her first day participating in the Shad Valley Program at Lakehead University, Yesenia already has new ideas and perspectives on how she will achieve her dream.

“I feel like there’s still a lot of injustice,” she said. “For me, as a First Nations student, I feel like there is not enough being done for truth and reconciliation for Indigenous communities. I want to be a part of that and help fight for human rights.”

Yesenia is one of 65 students from across the country participating in the Shad Valley program at Lakehead University. Students will live and learn at the local campus for four weeks, being exposed to lessons on entrepreneurship, science, technology, and engineering.

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