Northern College’s Lightning Trail encourages Indigenous youth to write their own story

Northern College

from Timmins Today:

It’s Day 3 of Northern College’s Lightning Trail and the Nish Olympics of outdoor activities like canoeing and swimming are winding down; and campers have also participated in a healing blanket session and have begun to learn about programs offered at the college.

Things got underway with a lively, inspirational and entertaining start on Sunday afternoon with a nod to the importance of aboriginal youth enjoying contemporary life while respecting and valuing traditional culture.

The traditional ways were represented by the words and song of Elder David Faries from Northern College and the Mushkegowuk Mother Clan singers who welcomed the 40-plus campers with an opening prayer and traditional songs of welcome.

Keynote speaker Dave Jones of Turtle Concepts established the theme for the six-day camp – youth can define who they want to become.

Jones’ messages encouraged the campers to decide their life from embracing contemporary styles to respecting traditional values.

The keynote speech was preceded by a rousing send-off of a fashion model walkway with Jones and his team of dynamic turtles strutting their stuff confidently and frequently providing exaggerated and humorous model poses.

“Love yourself and be proud of who you are,” Jones urged the youthful participants. “I am important and so are you!”

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