At the Powell River Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 28, School District 47 coordinators of first nations programs Gail Blaney and Betty Wilson brought a group of students from the Tla’Amin Cultural Connections and Environmental Sciences program to perform a short play for the board.
Carmen Galligos, grade 10, Kyler Williams, grade 10 and Nikole Pielle, grade 11, performed a skit telling the story of Mink and Cloud. Wilson and Blaney spoke to the board about the first nations programs in the district and presented the board with a shadowbox display featuring handmade first nations crafts and cultural items. The gift will remain displayed in the boardroom.
Youth Resource Centre coordinator Tracy Tunstall also attended the meeting with a group of youths that attended the Unite and Ignite Conference in Ottawa this past March. The conference is intended as a training and information event for youth centres in Canadian communities. The youth from Powell River who attended spoke to the board about what they learned at the conference and what workshops they took part in, covering such topics such as suicide prevention, bullying, substance abuse and aboriginal youth perspectives. The youth thanked the board of education for financial support that helped them to attend the conference.
The board received a letter from Premier Christy Clark announcing a $3 million expansion of the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program which provides students with BC-grown fruit and vegetable snacks in schools. With the expansion the program will be available for free to all public schools in BC.
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