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Group leaving remote Manitoba First Nation to attend school in city
A group of teenagers from the Garden Hill First Nation are leaving their remote community and travelling hundreds of kilometres to attend high school in Winnipeg.
The teens from Garden Hill, located 475 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, are moving to the capital city to pursue their secondary school studies.
While members of the group say they're nervous about being so far from home, they are thankful for the chance to study in the city.
"I think it's great having the opportunity to be different than others," Gavin Knott, one of the teens, told CBC News before the group left.
They are part of a program called Mino Bimaadiziwin — meaning "the good life" in Ojibway — in which they all live a clean lifestyle with no drugs or alcohol.
Members of the program attend school regularly, volunteer in the community and stay physically active.
The group was in Winnipeg earlier this summer to run in the Manitoba Marathon.
Elizabeth Wood said it was an easy choice to send her son, Gerald, away to school.
"When I was growing up, I didn't really have an education," she said.
Cathy Monias, a former high school principal in Garden Hill, says many parents in the community don't make their children attend school.
"A lot of it has to do with lifestyle. For a child to come to school and to stay interested in school, they need sleep," she said.
"If the parents are not home or it's not supported — like, discipline is not enforced — then it does become a problem."
But the teens going to Winnipeg say they know class attendance will be mandatory there.