A dedication ceremony for the new Oromocto High School satellite campus at Oromocto First Nation took place on June 14 with elders, dignitaries, students, school and district staff in attendance along with members of the community.
The Welamukotuk Kinapuwi Kehkitimo, or the Learning Centre for Courage, is for members of the First Nation who are having trouble staying in public school or just need a few credits to graduate. Students are taught the regular curriculum and can also get credits for learning their own language and traditions.
The establishment of the learning centre was a goal of Chief Shelley Sabattis, who wanted to see youth at risk in her community continue with their education and avoid dropping out of school. She said these students needed a place to call their own where they can be themselves and feel confident within a comfortable learning environment, free of distractions.
The centre will be staffed by teacher David Wilson and two tutors who are members of the Oromocto First Nation. Two students who have been attending the centre are currently preparing for their graduation.
Shown in the photo below are (left to right) Oromocto Mayor Robert Powell, MLA Jody Carr, Gina Dunnett, director of schools for the Oromocto Education Centre, Chief Shelley Sabattis, and Oromocto High School Principal Jeff Holder cutting the ribbons during the dedication ceremony for the new campus, while Elder Imelda Perley (front) holds the ribbons.