Matawa Communities Celebrate at KKETS Graduation

Graduates celebrate their day with the traditions of cap and gown along with traditional drumming and prayer.
Graduates celebrate their day with the traditions of cap and gown along with traditional drumming and prayer.

THUNDER BAY – A growing number of KKETS graduates are gaining their high school diplomas. This year sixty-nine graduates, up from sixty-four graduates last year are wearing the cap and gown and receiving their diplomas.

The graduates are from communities across Matawa First Nations. Aroland First Nation, Constance Lake, Eabametoong, Nibinamik, Ginoohsminh, Long Lake #58, Marten Falls . Ogoki Post, Neskantaga, and Webiquie First Nation.

The graduates were honoured at a lake and graduation ceremony at the DaVinci Centre in Thunder Bay today. The valedictorians were Greg Meshake from Aroland First Nation and Carolyn Hardy from Long Lake #58 First Nation.

Graduates, parents, grandparents and guests were told that right now, there is still time for students to prepare and study to be ready for some of the looming opportunities expected in the mineral sector.

Through the graduation ceremony Matawa is seeking to increase by taking action to boost the graduation rates for students in the future.

Matawa leadership are looking toward preparing youth and students for careers in the mining sector, with a focus on boosting education to achieve increased graduation rates.

Development of programs that allow students to finish their high school and then prepare students to move forward to University or College. The numbers are climbing, but Matawa leaders while pleased are looking to increase those numbers.

Setting the bar higher every year is one of the goals of increased graduation levels. There are a number of supports for students coming to Thunder Bay, to assist students in achieving success.

Matawa First Nation Graduation 2016 by netnewsledger

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