Another community visit on the schedule is the Seven Generations Educational Institute’s June graduation in Kenora, Ontario, with 110 students celebrating their achievements.
Some of the graduates will include students who attended the “Our Community, Our Choice” conference in Toronto February 6-7. More than two dozen students represented seven of the nine Indigenous Institutes recognized in Ontario legislation.
Input was given by students at the conference about how they see Indigenous education moving forward. Curtis Fox, of Wikwemikong, studying business at Kenjgewin Teg, appreciates the benefits of learning within an Indigenous setting.
“I just feel that’s really important for anybody who is struggling, trying to move forward in their life, that they see there is a place for them,” Fox said, describing how you can feel and see the “vibrant community within” such schools compared to the isolation students may experience in non-Indigenous settings.