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You have to wrap your arms around them’: Sask. man recognized for work with Indigenous youth – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 29, 2019201 Views

Sean Lessard began life in Saskatchewan foster homes, is now a tenured University of Alberta professor

Apr 28, 2019

Sean Lessard believes a cup of tea can change everything. That’s why he had 250 of them.

Lessard, a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in north-central Saskatchewan, wanted to do something about the high dropout rates among Indigenous kids. So when he got his first teaching job, he had tea individually with all 250 Indigenous students in the school.

“In the classroom space, I only learn so much about them,” Lessard said. “It’s in those other places, like over a cup of tea, where I can find out what really matters.”

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