Solid History of Success Continues
THUNDER BAY – Fifty-one graduates from Oshki crossed the stage and took hold of their futures today at their graduation celebration held at the Da Vinci Centre in Thunder Bay.
Surrounded by hundreds of friends and family, this large group of graduates shared their messages of hope, and heard messages to inspire them from Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day and Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chiefs Derek Fox and Anna Betty Achneepineskum.
“The message that I want to deliver to the Graduating Class of 2016 is to never forget who you are. Never forget where you came from. And never give up on your dreams,” Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day told the graduates.
“Most importantly, never stop informing and educating others about our First Nation culture, history — and our rights as the Original Peoples of these lands.
“We need to add your voices in our continuing struggle to become equal partners in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
“Might I go as far as saying some of you will save lives — many of you will build communities — you will help create great economies, you will help put a smile on the face of a child! There is nothing greater than that!!”, continued Regional Chief Day.
Deputy Grand Chief Fox told the graduates that they have just started their journey and that no matter what to not let anything stop them from achieving their goals.
There was also a signing ceremony with a five-year agreement renewed between the colleges and Oskhi to continue their education partnerhips.
A number of the graduates were mature students, who had returned to school to further their career goals. Several of the students were stating that now is the time to start stepping up their efforts to demonstrate leadership in their communities.
For the families and for the graduates today was a day of celebrations, new beginnings, and new futures.