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January 8, 2009

Delivery to Barriere Lake

Filed under: Uncategorized — waawaaskesh @ 8:48 pm

December 22, 2008

Four people volunteered their vehicles, gas and time, drove up to Lac Rapide QC, the home of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake to deliver school supplies, clothing, books and food for their community school. These donated goods were given by generous individuals, local businesses and public schools such as Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternate High school and Connaught Public School in Ottawa.

Lac Rapide is 2 hours north of Maniwaki, a part of unceded Algonquin Territory.

The community school was established as a response to a ban on speaking their own traditional language and lack of the curriculum based on Algonquin traditional knowledge at the official primary school set up by the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).

Currently, there are only 4 teachers working at this community school. These 4 teachers are all volunteers from the Barriere Lake reserve.

More than $1000 of food, clothing, books and school supplies were donated.$400 of heating oil was arranged to deliver to the community school from Maniwaki.

Marylynn, one of the volunteer teachers, explained to us the meaning of each Algonquin word for Days of the Week.

Marylynn, one of the volunteer teachers, explained to us the meaning of each Algonquin word for Days of the Week.

The community radio station - Mitchikinabiko’inik Nodaktcigen (Radio Barriere Lake).  It is a 15 watt FM radio station, aimed at strengthening autonomy, culture and traditions.  It was set up by the community with support from the Barriere Lake Solidarity Collective.

The community radio station - Mitchikinabiko’inik Nodaktcigen (Radio Barriere Lake). It is a 15 watt FM radio station, aimed at strengthening autonomy, culture and traditions. It was set up by the community with support from the Barriere Lake Solidarity Collective.

Piles of food donated by individuals and local business in Ottawa would be used to prepare meals for the students.  There are about 44 students at this school.  The food should last well into the school year!

Piles of food donated by individuals and local business in Ottawa would be used to prepare meals for the students. There are about 44 students at this school. The food should last well into the school year!

Marylynn showed us the cupboard where some of the food and utensils are stored.

Marylynn showed us the cupboard where some of the food and utensils are stored.


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