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SFDCI Students Visit Athabasca Dene
Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute Students Visit Fond du Lac Dene Nation
Posted on 10/04/2018
Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute staff and students helped scrape a moose hide under the guidance of an Athabasca Dene elder.

October 4, 2018 (Smiths Falls ON) –  Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute students visited Fond du Lac, Saskatchewan recently to learn about the culture and government of the Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation. 

Twelve Grade 10 students learned about life on the Territory, a government structure where all land is communally owned, and the impact of the residential school system. It was the culmination of a civics project completed by the students last year, and the second phase of an exchange conducted through Experiences Canada. Students from Fond du Lac visited Smiths Falls in June. 

“Our students came back better because instead of having a one-dimensional understanding of indigenous people, they made long-lasting personal connections with a group of Canadians who live their lives very differently from their own,” said Civics Teacher Emma Hart. “Students gained a new perspective on Indigenous communities and the richness of what they offer.” 

During the visit, students cut, pounded and smoked caribou meat harvested by community members, and travelled on fishing boats with their hosts while they cast nets on Lake Athabasca. Students also had the opportunity to work with local elders to learn traditional beading techniques. 

In order to help offset the costs of this trip, significant fundraising was done within the community by the students.

For more information, please call: 

Emma Hart
Civics Teacher
Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute
613-283-0288

 

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