Regional News – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 12 Jul 2018 22:33:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Aleta Karstad honoured with Robert Bateman award http://www.ngtimes.ca/aleta-karstad-honoured-with-robert-bateman-award/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/aleta-karstad-honoured-with-robert-bateman-award/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:00:38 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13538 Local artist and naturalist, Aleta Karstad, has won the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) Robert Bateman award. Founded by the Ontario-born naturalist and painter, Robert Bateman, in 2013, the award has been given out every year to an individual or group that brings awareness to conservation through an artistic medium. This can be in the form […]

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Local artist and naturalist, Aleta Karstad, has won the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) Robert Bateman award. Founded by the Ontario-born naturalist and painter, Robert Bateman, in 2013, the award has been given out every year to an individual or group that brings awareness to conservation through an artistic medium. This can be in the form painting, sculpture, photography, writing, song, or choreography.

Aleta is the first landscape painter to win the award. Through her impressive body of work, she brings the natural world to life, and advocates for conservation. “If you know Aleta’s work, you will know why she was an obvious candidate for this award,” says past President of the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club, Fenja Brodo. “Her exquisite use of pencil, watercolours and oil to depict the natural world, from the microscopic to encapsulating broad landscapes, puts her at least on a par with Robert Bateman himself.”

Aleta says she was very surprised when she got the letter informing her that she would be honoured with the award at the Canadian Wildlife Federation AGM in June. “I had no idea that I had been nominated for it,” she says.

She was flown from a conference she was attending in New Brunswick to the CWF banquet in Regina on June 16, where she accepted the award. In her acceptance speech, she spoke about her beginnings as a naturalist, and about her husband, Dr. Fred Schuler, who continues to inspire her to illustrate the natural world. “Throughout our 45 years together, Fred’s knowledge and passion have inspired and informed my art,” Aleta said in her speech. “It’s an exciting and fulfilling life, but not a secure or easy one.”

Aleta is particularly honoured to receive this award because of the respect she has for its founder. She met Robert Bateman in 1981, when she was invited on a week-long canoe trip with him in the Ogoki-Albani wilderness near Thunder Bay. “Bateman and I became fairly well acquainted, being bowsmen in our canoes,” she remembers. “We talked about choosing subjects, and how we would go about painting them. It was truly inspiring!”

Aleta is currently organizing an art retreat to the Dumoine River, where artists from across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, working in different mediums, will create works of art, share stories and be inspired by the landscape. Each artist who attends will donate one painting to help raise funds for nature conservation.

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$7500 Pledge from BMO makes hearts go pitter patter http://www.ngtimes.ca/7500-pledge-from-bmo-makes-hearts-go-pitter-patter/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/7500-pledge-from-bmo-makes-hearts-go-pitter-patter/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:50:09 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13623 The BMO Bank of Montreal team is committed to supporting health care close to home. They have pledged $7,500 to the WDMH Foundation General Equipment Fund and have delivered the first gift of $2,500. This gift will be used to support the purchase of a new echocardiogram machine which will arrive at WDMH in the […]

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The BMO Bank of Montreal team is committed to supporting health care close to home. They have pledged $7,500 to the WDMH Foundation General Equipment Fund and have delivered the first gift of $2,500. This gift will be used to support the purchase of a new echocardiogram machine which will arrive at WDMH in the near future.

“Not only will the new machine take clearer pictures, we will now be able to offer stress echocardiograms and contrast echocardiograms, which we can’t do with our current machine,” explained Kim Fetch, a cardiac sonographer at WDMH. “We are truly thankful for this support.”

“At BMO, we truly understand the importance of local community support. For 200 years and counting, we’ve been here to help, evolving with our customers as their needs and expectations change. But over the years, one thing hasn’t changed, our customers and communities continue to inspire us. We, at BMO are proud to support the WDMH

Foundation’s General Equipment Fund for the purchase of medical equipment such as a new echocardiography machine and we extend our very best wishes for the campaign’s every success,” noted Teresa Pagnotta, Regional Vice President, Seaway Market at BMO.
“Thank you to BMO for this incredible commitment,” summed up Kristen Casselman, the Foundation’s Managing Director. “More than 1,000 echocardiograms are performed at WDMH each year and now our cardio team will be able to do even more. That makes our hearts happy!”

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OPP Report http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-report/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-report/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:48:52 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13582 Between 25 June and 1 July, 2018, the Kemptville Office of Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police investigated 140 general occurrences: 48 Kemptville, 67 Municipality of North Grenville, 10 Village of Merrickville – Wolford and 15 on Highway 416. On the evening of 25 June, police were dispatched to a theft occurrence at a residence on […]

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Between 25 June and 1 July, 2018, the Kemptville Office of Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police investigated 140 general occurrences: 48 Kemptville, 67 Municipality of North Grenville, 10 Village of Merrickville – Wolford and 15 on Highway 416.

On the evening of 25 June, police were dispatched to a theft occurrence at a residence on County Road 44, North Grenville. During the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. culprit(s) entered the rear of the property and stole a Green Egg barbeque and a Stihl 16 inch chainsaw. The investigation is ongoing.

On 29 June, police were dispatched to a theft of car tires from a residential garage on Maley Street, Kemptville. A male, aged 18 of Kemptville is charged with theft under $5,000.00 and possession of a Schedule II substance- Cannabis resin – under 1gram.

On 29 June, police were dispatched to a second call on Maley Street, Kemptville in response to property damage. During the hours of midnight to 7:00 a.m. culprit(s) caused extensive damage to the interior and exterior of a 2010 black Mercedes parked at a residence. Scenes of Crimes Officer attended the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

During the evening of 1 July, culprit(s) broke into a locked residential garage on County Road 41, Wolford Township. Tools and 2013 black Can Am 999 all-terrain vehicle were stolen. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the above occurrences is asked to call Grenville County O.P.P. Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122, the Kemptville Detachment at 613-258-3441 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or submit your tip on-line at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, you don’t go to court, and you could earn cash reward.

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Donate for Dustin helps three charities http://www.ngtimes.ca/donate-for-dustin-helps-three-charities/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/donate-for-dustin-helps-three-charities/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:22:37 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13535 by Judy Littau On Friday, June 15, under beautiful blue skies and perfect temperatures, we held our 1st Annual #DonateForDustin Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at Mississippi Golf Course, in memory of Dustin Littau who lost his battle with cancer July 19, 2017, at the age of 31. During Dustin’s courageous battle, he […]

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by Judy Littau

On Friday, June 15, under beautiful blue skies and perfect temperatures, we held our 1st Annual #DonateForDustin Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at Mississippi Golf Course, in memory of Dustin Littau who lost his battle with cancer July 19, 2017, at the age of 31. During Dustin’s courageous battle, he received over 150 units of blood products in 11 weeks. Our families have made it our mission to replenish the blood that Dustin received and promote awareness of the importance of donating. Because of people who donated, we were given the gift of time with Dustin, and we want to make sure other families are given that gift also.

Two families – the Littau’s (Kemptville) and the Virgin’s(Almonte), plus two towns – came together to celebrate the game that Dustin loved most and raise some monies for three charities that helped Dustin in his battle.

With the generosity of Kemptville and Almonte businesses and family and friends, we well surpassed our expectations. $34,000 was raised for three charities: $17,000 was presented to Canadian Blood Services; $15,000 to Almonte General Hospital; and $2,000 to Little Angels Blood Cancer Fund.

Dusty started playing golf at age 11, and was involved in running the junior program at Rideau Glen. Dustin’s five nieces and nephews – aged 1 to 4 ½ – ran “Uncle Dusty’s Lemonade Stand” and sold lemonade to the thirsty golfers. They raised $1,000, and this money will be split between Equinelle Golf Course and Mississippi Golf Course in support of their Junior Golf Programs.

It is amazing to live in a small community where everyone is there to help out. When we were looking for sponsorships for the tournament, businesses and residents jumped on board without hesitation. The sponsorships and donations were beyond our wildest dreams.

Thank you to everyone who donated, golfed, and assisted in any way. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such love, kindness and generosity. Together, we can give hope and the gift of life to other families. North Grenville and Almonte: you are AMAZING.

**Save the date** Friday June 21, 2019 for the 2nd Annual #DonateForDustin Memorial Golf Tournament.

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UCDSB Golf Tournament Raises Over $55,000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/ucdsb-golf-tournament-raises-over-55000/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/ucdsb-golf-tournament-raises-over-55000/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:16:06 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13549 The 11th annual Champions for Kids Foundation Golf Tournament last week raised over $55,000 for the Foundation. Organizers have indicated that the tournament raised one of the highest totals of any Champions for Kids tournament held so far. “We’re ecstatic,” said tournament Co-Chair Casey Nelson. “We are so thankful to the golfers who supported us […]

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The 11th annual Champions for Kids Foundation Golf Tournament last week raised over $55,000 for the Foundation. Organizers have indicated that the tournament raised one of the highest totals of any Champions for Kids tournament held so far.

“We’re ecstatic,” said tournament Co-Chair Casey Nelson. “We are so thankful to the golfers who supported us and the many volunteers who came together to help make our tournament a success. These funds will help children in our communities enjoy sports and the arts, support medical and other needs, and make their childhood better.”

The Champions for Kids Foundation Golf Tournament is the major annual fundraising event for the Champions for Kids Foundation. Over more than a decade, the Foundation has raised tens of thousands through the tournament. Proceeds are used to help kids enjoy sports, the arts, and other fun activities. Funds have also been used to meet unique needs like covering minor medical expenses (i.e. eyeglasses), providing gas cards to parents with a child in the hospital, or purchasing a winter coat for a child who needs warmth.

The overall winner at the event was the Saltillo Tile and Stone team, which included Ryan Welsh, Ottawa Senator Cody Ceci, Ottawa Senator Mark Stone and Ryan Hicks.

The tournament attracted 110 golfers to the Mississippi Golf Club near Carleton Place who enjoyed a barbecued lunch, 18 holes of golf, a silent auction featuring signed NHL memorabilia, a barbecue, green fee packages for area courses, gift baskets, outdoor furniture, and other items.

A live auction included a signed Eric Karlsson Ottawa Senators’ jersey which sold for $500, autographed hockey sticks, a small fridge, and more. Preparations are underway for the 2019 tournament, to be held at the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

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The race is on to fill Gord Brown’s seat http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-race-is-on-to-fill-gord-browns-seat/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-race-is-on-to-fill-gord-browns-seat/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:01:39 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13589 Since the unexpected death of Gord Brown last May, there has been an increasing interest in who will run in the required by-election in this riding. In Gord’s own party, five individuals have now declared their intention to seek the nomination for the Conservative Party, although no declaration has yet been made as to when […]

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Since the unexpected death of Gord Brown last May, there has been an increasing interest in who will run in the required by-election in this riding. In Gord’s own party, five individuals have now declared their intention to seek the nomination for the Conservative Party, although no declaration has yet been made as to when the election will take place.

The Tories will vote for the nominee some time in August, and candidates have until July 19 to line up support. Only Party members can vote for the nominee, and the five declared candidates are busy selling memberships far and wide throughout the riding.

The five candidates come from across the region. Colin Brown, Gord Brown’s nephew, was the first to announce his candidacy. At just 26, he is the youngest of the five vying for the nomination. Stephanie Mitton, who is from Lombardy, has worked around Parliament Hill for more than a decade, and has made seniors’ issues a central plank in her platform.

Anne Johnston has been seen in North Grenville and Merrickville-Wolford, working the Party network that she is very familiar with from campaiging for other candidates in the past. She has the support of Party insiders, including the provincial riding president, Barry Raison, and Gord Brown’s last campaign manager, Rob Horton.

Henry Oosterhof is a farmer working a dairy operation in Elizabethtown-Kitley, and is well-known in farming circles in the riding. The fifth candidate is Michael Barrett, who is a councillor in Edwardsburgh/Cardinal and was, until recently, the federal riding president.

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Municipalities could be quacking for longer this year http://www.ngtimes.ca/municipalities-could-be-quacking-for-longer-this-year/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/municipalities-could-be-quacking-for-longer-this-year/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:41:20 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13440 Municipalities in Ontario are facing what could be an extended period where they are restricted in the decisions they can make. Changes to the Municipal Elections Act, adopted in 2016, constitutes the most significant update to the Act in the past 20 years. One particularly notable change is the change in the nomination period for […]

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Municipalities in Ontario are facing what could be an extended period where they are restricted in the decisions they can make.

Changes to the Municipal Elections Act, adopted in 2016, constitutes the most significant update to the Act in the past 20 years. One particularly notable change is the change in the nomination period for candidates in the upcoming 2018 municipal election. The nomination day deadline is now July 27, 2018 for the October 22, 2018 election rather than the September deadline of previous elections.

This could cause certain municipalities to enter what is called a “lame duck” period where they are restricted as to decisions they can make leading up to an election. A municipality will be forced into a lame duck situation between July 27, 2018 and October 22, 2018 if less than three quarters of the existing council members are not running for municipal council and between October 22, 2018 and November 30, 2018 if less than 75 per cent of the incumbent council members have been elected to serve on the next council.

This earlier nomination deadline could cause some municipalities to operate in a longer lame duck period than in past elections. The Municipal Act 2001 restricts councils in a lame duck situation from: the appointment or removal from office any officer of the municipality, the hiring or dismissal of any employee of the municipality, the disposition of any real or personal property of the municipality which has a value exceeding $50,000 at the time of disposal and making any expenditures or incurring any other liability which exceeds $50,000.

To ensure municipal operations to continue throughout this period a bylaw can be passed to allow the CAO to make the decisions about the above matters. Merrickville-Wolford council agreed to create this by-law to allow their next Interim CAO to be the decision-maker should the municipality be faced with a lame duck situation. North Grenville Clerk Cahl Pominville says he provided a report to council on April 3, explaining the lame duck options they have. “They have not chosen to delegate authority at this time,” he says.

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Steve Clark now Minister for Municipal Affairs http://www.ngtimes.ca/steve-clark-now-minister-for-municipal-affairs/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/steve-clark-now-minister-for-municipal-affairs/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:18:48 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13427 MPP Steve Clark was sworn in on Friday as Ontario’s new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and is one of 21 newly-appointed ministers in Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative cabinet. “We have an all-star team that’s ready right now to give the people of Ontario the kind of leadership and direction they deserve,” the Premier […]

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MPP Steve Clark was sworn in on Friday as Ontario’s new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and is one of 21 newly-appointed ministers in Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative cabinet. “We have an all-star team that’s ready right now to give the people of Ontario the kind of leadership and direction they deserve,” the Premier said in a press release.

Steve says that he is grateful that Premier Ford had the confidence in him to make him a part of his cabinet. “It’s a portfolio that I really like and have a lot of experience in,” he says.

Steve’s political career began decades ago when he was elected as the mayor of Brockville at the age of 22. He served as Canada’s youngest mayor from 1982 to 1991. He was also the President of the Association of the Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) in 1989. Steve then went on to a position as an administrative assistant to MPP Bob Runciman, and subsequently became the Chief Administrative Officer of the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. He was elected in 2010 as MPP for Leeds, Grenville and the Thousand Islands in a by-election to replace Bob Runciman, who resigned to accept a position in the Canadian Senate, and was re-elected in the 2011, 2014, and 2018 elections.

Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, stands with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario following his swearing in as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing at the Ontario legislature on Friday, June 29.
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“I look forward to working with Ontario’s 444 municipalities,” he says. “We have a great cabinet and it’s very exciting.”

Mayor of North Grenville, David Gordon, says Steve’s appointment is wonderful news for the municipality and the United Counties as a whole. “He can relate to our problems, and he will act on them.”

The mayor is hopeful that certain files that the municipality was having trouble getting traction on while the Liberal government was in power will be pushed to the forefront. This includes the widening of County Road 43 through Kemptville, which has been sitting at the top of the Counties’ priority list for years. “Steve and I have talked about this before, and he is a big proponent of it,” David says. “I think we will see it done in the next four years.”

Other MPPs from Eastern Ontario have been appointed to the cabinet. Lisa McLeod, from Ottawa, has been named Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister responsible for Women’s Issues, and John Yakabuski, of Renfrew, is now the Minister of Transportation. A newcomer to the scene, Merrilee Fullerton, also from Ottawa, will be sitting as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, where she’ll likely be responsible for implementing a free speech policy.

Mayor of Merrickville-Wolford, David Nash, says he is also very pleased with the news of Steve’s new position in the government, “I’m absolutely thrilled with this well-deserved appointment and look forward to working with Steve,” he says. “Change is coming folks, with the right man in the job.”

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Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit http://www.ngtimes.ca/leeds-grenville-and-lanark-district-health-unit/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/leeds-grenville-and-lanark-district-health-unit/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:53:00 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13307 The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is starting weekly water sampling of the area’s public bathing beaches for this year. The beaches will be monitored weekly throughout the summer season until August 31, 2018. This year the following public swimming areas will be monitored: In Leeds and Grenville: Sand Bay Charleston Lake County […]

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The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is starting weekly water sampling of the area’s public bathing beaches for this year. The beaches will be monitored weekly throughout the summer season until August 31, 2018.

This year the following public swimming areas will be monitored:

In Leeds and Grenville:
Sand Bay Charleston Lake County Park,
St. Lawrence Park,
Lyn Valley Conservation Area,
South Crosby Beach,
Portland Campbell Street Beach,
Foley Mountain Beach,
Joel Stone Beach,
Kendrick’s Park,
Lower Beverley Township Park,
Bellamy Park,
Kelly’s Beach,
Merrickville,
Westport Sand Lake

Every week a total of five water samples will be collected from each beach. The results will then be analyzed for the presence of E. coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria. If the results exceed the bathing water standard of 100 E. coli, the beach will be posted with a “WARNING Unsafe for Bathing” sign indicating that the level of bacteria in the water may pose a risk to your health if you choose to swim. This information will appear on our website and in radio reports. Updates will be posted Friday mornings by 9:30am starting today.

Research has shown that when people are swimming at beaches where the water has a high E. coli level, there is a direct relationship with an increase in ear, eye, nose and throat infections in swimmers. The bathing beach will remain posted until test results indicate that the water quality meets the bathing beach water standard. To help you better understand “Why Beaches are Posted”, read the information here: healthunit.org/health-information/recreational-water/beaches/

Bacterial water quality is one parameter used to determine water quality. Other variables, which are assessed and evaluated, are the presence of a blue-green algae bloom, accidental spills that may pollute the water and any safety issue that could affect the health of the bathers. At any time if these variables are believed to have an impact on the beach’s safety, the beach will be posted as “Unsafe for Bathing”.

Posting information is available on the Health Unit website http://healthunit.org/health-information/recreational-water/weekly-beach-results/ , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LGLHealthUnit or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LGLhealthunit or by calling 1-800-660-5853.

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UCDSB Honours National Indigenous Peoples Day http://www.ngtimes.ca/ucdsb-honours-national-indigenous-peoples-day/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/ucdsb-honours-national-indigenous-peoples-day/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:13:54 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13316 Jeff McMillan, Chair and Stephen Sliwa, Director, UCDSB National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month is an opportunity for schools across the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) to look closely at their efforts to incorporate the culture, traditions, and history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada into classroom learning throughout the school year. […]

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Jeff McMillan, Chair and Stephen Sliwa, Director, UCDSB

National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month is an opportunity for schools across the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) to look closely at their efforts to incorporate the culture, traditions, and history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada into classroom learning throughout the school year.

Since September, more than 1,000 elementary students from the Upper Canada District School Board worked and learned with Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers as part of the school district’s annual focus of building student understanding about the Calls to Action arising from the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. As noted in the report, these types of activities in schools “will lay the groundwork for establishing mutually respectful relationships” for the future.

There were other board-wide commitments including: plans for expanding the opportunity for every student to complete diploma credits from the provincial First Nation, Métis and Inuit Studies curriculum in all secondary schools; the support of leadership experiences for students of Indigenous ancestry through the board’s iLead program; and expanding availability of classroom learning resources to support student learning about the culture, history and stories of Indigenous peoples.

Enhancing these resources is the children’s book Sila and the Land, co-authored by Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School student Wentanoron Ariana Roundpoint, a member of the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. All these efforts were enhanced by local events that supported student learning and aided in developing new insights about Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) organized a two-day community Pow Wow in early June. The event was part of a culminating project of student work. Approximately 70 students took part in the organization of the event, and in ceremonies and other on-site activities.

“I really enjoyed looking after the Sacred Fire during the Pow Wow, and all the drummers and dancers,” said AJ Gunner, a grade 11 student at SFDCI and member of the school’s iLead group. “I think this event is important because it educates the community about native culture.”

Approximately 4,000 people attended the second annual Pow Wow. The event is put on in partnership with the Town of Smiths Falls.

In a separate event, Montague Public School students participated in a webcast with schools in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories to learn more about life for northern students and to share some of their own experiences.

The webcast was facilitated through a community educational resource called A Kids’ Guide to Canada. Students from across Canada participated through pre-recorded video, photos and live phone calls. How they participated was determined on service availability in their respective communities.

Donna Davie’s grade 3/4 class at Montague Public School recorded questions in advance so students in Northern Canada would have time to watch and formulate answers in case live chatting wasn’t available on the day of. As part of the activity, students learned how to ask open-ended questions, and questions of substance.

“We learned a lot from this experience. For example, some students have clean drinking water at home while others have water from the ocean delivered to their community by truck,” said Davie. “We also learned that we share some interests, such as hockey and the love of outdoor play.”

The Upper Canada District School Board values the emphasis that our schools put on indigenous culture and history and encourages all schools to continue the learning and sharing at all times during the school year.

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