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Elementary students to learn about Indigenous culture at St. Lawrence College


Fifty grade seven and eight students from schools in the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin Catholic District School Board will come to St. Lawrence College (SLC) for a one-day First Nations, Métis, and Inuit enrichment event on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Students will participate in the program facilitated by SLC’s Aboriginal Student Advisor, Mary Ann Lyons, and the College’s elder-on-campus, Helena Neveu.

“This day is designed to teach students about Indigenous culture. Students will participate in a tour of the College, enjoy a snack of traditional fry bread, learn from our Elder about Indigenous culture, and make a traditional craft,” Lyons said.

Students will also meet with Ruby Nakogee, an SLC student originally from Fort Albany First Nation reserve near James Bay, Ontario. Ruby will share her first-hand stories and discuss topics such as local traditions, food, and art. Her talk will also include a discussion on the challenges of living in a remote northern community, and will raise awareness of the differences between Fort Albany and Kingston.

“I am looking forward to sharing my stories. I hope the elementary school children enjoy hearing about the differences between Kingston and Fort Albany,” Ruby said.

This one-day enrichment opportunity is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, School College Work Initiative (SCWI), and was developed by Partnering to Achieve Student Success (PASS), Enactus SLC, part of the College’s Community-Based Learning Initiative, and SLC Aboriginal Services.


About the SLC Community-Based Learning Initiative:

St. Lawrence College’s Community-Based Learning Initiative engages students in translating their classroom learning into community-based projects. Enactus SLC is a student-run group that works to identify needs in the community and provides solutions for social, economic and environmental issues. Find out more at

For media information: 

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451

Dan Hendry
Enactus, St. Lawrence College