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First Nations Education In Schools

By Ashton Patis

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Residents of Walpole Island are taking their culture, song and dance to schools across Chatham-Kent in hopes of giving students a better understanding of First Nations people.

Walpole Island Arena Director Press Altiman says he often hosts Pow Wows at public schools to educate the local children about the area they live in.

“We’ve been through a lot of difficult times over the past couple hundred years and some of us are just learning our culture back as well, and we want to pass that on through language, dances and song,” says Altiman. “It’s coming around, it’s gaining strength and people are gaining knowledge of our true past, our knowledge and the history part.”

Altiman hosted a Pow Wow for elementary students at St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Wallaceburg to teach them about the First Nations people.

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