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Local high school wins the Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement

Students Skyler Findlay and Bryce McKenny accepted the award on behalf of their peers, during a ceremony February 22 at Queen's Park.
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Skyler Findlay and Bryce McKenny of Smith Falls District Collegiate Institute accepting the Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement.

The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement has gone to a local high school for their contribution to their community. 

The Smith Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) recieved the award for creating the of the Spirit of the Drum Education Powwows.

Two of the schools students were in Toronto yesterday to accept the award.

The award recognizes all student involvement in the 2017 and 2018 powwows.

"The award honours the relationships established between students and staff at SFDCI, Indigenous community partners, the Town of Smiths Falls and the community of Smiths Falls as they worked tirelessly to demonstrate reconciliation in action through the Spirit of the Drum Powwow," said Gail Brant-Terry, UCDSB Principal of Indigenous Education.

The 2018 powwow, held June 9 and 10, involved student work from a variety of courses such as art, technology, history, hospitality and Indigenous studies.

The powwow also featured Indigenous dancers, a gallery of artwork bearing information on missing or murdered indigenous women, a display on the sacrifices of Indigenous servicemen, and booths featuring information on native culture.

Approximately 3,000 visitors have attended the two-day event each year. 




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