Wednesday, April 1, 2020

‘Standing Bear’ program launching at WDSS

Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO) will officially announce the launch of their new online portal for the Standing Bear Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (Standing Bear), on Tuesday at Wallaceburg District Secondary School.

Officials with the Lambton-Kent District School Board say the announcment will take place in front of an audience of First Nations students, community elders, and educators.

“A unique for youth-by youth program, Standing Bear was developed in consultation with more than 550 Indigenous youth from across Ontario,” school board officials said in a media release.

“Standing Bear is based on the premise that for Indigenous youth, grounding themselves in their unique cultural ways of knowing, being and doing, is fundamental to developing their capacity as leaders.”

A press conference is set to take place on Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and an open house from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Set to be in attedance are Eric Isaac – Bkejwanong Territory Elder, Dallas Sinopole – Aamjiwnaang Drummer, Ron Soney – Council Representative, Walpole Island First Nation, John Howitt – Director of Education, Lambton Kent District School Board, Melissa Mallette – Principal, Wallaceburg District Secondary School, Zhahwun Shognosh – Ojibwe/ Native Studies Teacher, Wallaceburg District Secondary School and Dale T. Plett – Director of Engagement, Operations and Policy, ISWO.

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