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.