September 30, 2013

As part of Native Education awareness initiatives in Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario schools, a group of grade 10 students from École secondaire catholique Champlain (Chelmsford) will take part in an activity designed to raise awareness on the realities of the residential school system in Canada. This activity, hosted by Laurentian University’s Indigenous Programs, will take place in the J.N. Desmarais Library Archives on Tuesday, October 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

During this learning activity, Champlain students will view the Residential School Exhibition entitled "100 years of Loss," which explores the history and legacy of the Residential School System in Canada. They will afterwards meet residential school survivor Mrs. Micheline Fleury Boisvert, who will share her personal experience with them.

A Francophone Métis from Chapleau in Northern Ontario, Mrs. Micheline Fleury Boisvert is Northern Senator with the Métis Nation of Ontario. At 13 years of age, she was sent to a residential school in Québec, where she lived for three years before obtaining her high school diploma.