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Elders in the Classroom –

SAULT STE. MARIE—The “Elders in the Classroom” program, which commenced last year in Public Schools of Sault Ste. Marie, was so well accepted that it expanded this year.

The Separate Schools joined the program and the number of days that the Elders would participate in was extended. Elders from Garden River First Nation who had expressed their interest to the Garden River Adults in Motion School were selected to take part.

Barbara Nolan, a fluent Anishinaabemowin speaker, meets with the Elders to mentor and assist them. As a starter, they were given ideas and a kit that contained children’s songs, weather words, and charts with words all in Anishinaabemowin. At monthly meetings, the Elders share their activities and experiences in the classroom.

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