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Interactive Presentation Teaches Gregory A. Hogan Students About Rich History of Indigenous Peoples 

Grade 5 students at Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School participated in an engaging and interactive presentation, led by Elder Cecil Isaac from Bkejwanong Territory, also known as Walpole Island First Nation.

His presentation provided information on treaty teachings, which led students through a discovery of the rich heritage and significance of relationships and peaceful coexistence.  Students were also engaged in making a wampum belt.  Wampum is a traditional shell bead of indigenous peoples of North America, and the belts were made as a guide to narrate history, traditions and laws. 

"Our time with Cecil really allowed us to learn about the role treaties play in each of our lives and in our relationships with each other," says Richard Goure, Grade 5-6 teacher at Gregory A. Hogan.

As part of treaty awareness, the government of Ontario has passed new legislation to recognize the importance of treaties and to build awareness of the treaty relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the province.  The Grade 5 students at Gregory A. Hogan are exploring the treaties that were signed between the government and indigenous peoples, with the intent of reaching mutual benefits.

"Having a first-hand opportunity to experience the teachings along with making our own class wampum belt with Cecil allowed the students to understand the importance of treaties and their significance, both historically and for today," says Mr. Goure.

In the photo above, Elder Cecil Isaac of the Bkejwanong Territory teaches students how to make a traditional wampum belt.

Apr 04, 2017

16th Annual Cyclone Aid at St. Patrick's Catholic High School is a Huge Success! 

About 250 volunteers - including students, staff and community helpers - teamed up on Saturday for the 16th Annual Cyclone Aid at St. Patrick's Catholic High School.  About 4,600 bags of food - 1,000 more than last year - and $500 in cash was collected, making it one of the most successful ever.

"We had a huge response from the community," says Joseph Palko, St. Patrick's Catholic High School Chaplain, and one of the staff organizers for Cyclone Aid.

St. Patrick's students and staff collect food in two major food drives each year - Cyclone Aid during Lent and Irish Miracle at Christmas.

"Serving God by serving others in our community is part of our mission as a Catholic school," says Rob Cicchelli, Principal of St. Patrick's Catholic High School.

All of the food from Cyclone Aid is donated to the Inn of the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

In the photo above, student volunteers help to sort canned food collected during Cyclone Aid; and below, the food is boxed up ready for delivery to the Inn of the Good Shepherd.

Apr 04, 2017

WE Charity says 'Thank you' to Chatham-Kent Students and Victory Ford for Annual "We Scare Hunger" Campaign 

Officials from WE Charity were on hand recently to offer a special ‘thank you’ to Chatham’s Victory Ford and the students from several Chatham-Kent schools for their work each year in support of the We Scare Hunger Hallowe’en food drive.

“Victory Ford has been an important partner for our annual We Scare Hunger campaign,” says Ray Power, Principal of Ursuline College Chatham Catholic Secondary School, which organizes the food drive each year.  “We think it is fitting that our friends at Victory Ford are among just three dealerships across Canada being honored by WE Charity.”

WE is an international charity and educational partner, which educates and empowers young people and seeks to nurture in them compassion to create transformative social change.

In addition to representatives from WE Charity, Mark Buzzell, President and CEO of Ford Canada, was on hand to offer thanks to Victory Ford and students from Ursuline College, St. Ursula, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Joseph Chatham, St. Anne Blenheim and St. Michael Ridgetown Catholic schools, John McGregor Secondary School and Chatham Kent Secondary School.

Posing with students in the photo above are (Back Row L-R) Mark Buzzell, President, Ford Canada; Adam Lally, Victory Ford; Tim Witt, Ford Canada; Vince Lally, Victory Ford; and (Front Row) Spencer West, WE Charity.

Apr 03, 2017
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