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The children attending the COTTFN summer camp are participating in the Painted Turtles program this week where the focus of programming is on visual arts, drama and cooperatives games. Summer students, Kingson Huff, Shawnah Albert and Taylor Deleary support the program by supervising the kids and designing activities that are fun. Through a partnership with Right To Play, Wyatt Kechego, is able to offer a summer camp experience that employs summer students and provides program materials.
The summer students agree they are learning valuable work skills. “The biggest challenge is keeping kids engaged”, says Shawnah Albert, “but it’s fun because the kids are fun.”
In honour of International Youth Day on Wednesday, August 12, I would like to highlight the work of COTTFN youth and recreation department staff to promote the social and physical development of our children.
The children will be performing their drama and showcasing their art at the community centre today,
Friday, August 14th beginning at 11:30 a.m.
– Chief White-Eye
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In honour of International Youth Day, I would like to highlight the importance of youth civic engagement, a focus this year of the United Nations, particularly in this time where sustainable development is a concern globally.
I would like to put the spotlight on Chippewas of the Thames youth who are currently involved in one of two summer student programs specifically geared towards reconnecting to our Mother, the Earth. One is a canoe build with Isaac Murdock where youth and community helpers and staff are building a birch bark canoe using all natural materials they harvested themselves. The canoe will be finished this week and can be viewed at the Heritage Centre.
Another program is a partnership with four First Nations, where youth from Chippewa, Aamjiwnaang, Walpole are gaining knowledge in indigenous species and plants at risk they can use as they travel Deshkanziibii (Thames River) to identify and collect information about the current status of the river and it’s surrounding habitat.
All of these opportunities provide youth with insight and knowledge that governments need when making decisions concerning the environment. I would like to send acknowledgements to the many Chippewa youth on this day, International Youth Day, working towards a sustainable future and re-establishing our relationship to the land.
Jubilee Road Closure
Jubilee Road near the ballpark will be closed until the end of August. Please follow detour signs !
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