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WIFN LIBRARY RECEIVES DONATION

The Bkejwanong Library will soon see improvements thanks to a $10,000 donation from Sun Canadian Pipe Line’s Community Support Program. These funds will help the library enhance its technology, health and safety, building maintenance, and library collection.
Librarian Anne Fournier welcomed Tony Waters from Sun Canadian Pipe Line and presented Mr. Waters with gifts and a coffee reception on July 11. Also present were library staff member Lisa Soney, volunteer Jaynes “Press” Altiman, Councillor Alan Jacobs, Policy Analyst James Jenkins, and Dean Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs, Consultation Manager for Bkejwanong’s External Projects program, was instrumental in coordinating the donation.
Bkejwanong Library plans to host a community open house after the first phase of the project is complete. Keep an eye out for upcoming notices.

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SCIENCE AT A POW WOW

The Walpole Island Elementary School Pow Wow had it all. With exhibits such as craft venders, traditional food for sale and excellent dancing and drumming, one of the highlights that sets the school’s pow wow apart is how they  incorporate education.  Let’s Talk Science was there showing the students and community many science projects that were very educational and could be made easily at home.

The beauty with such a pow wow is the sharing and the teaching, as one of the Let’s talk Science members, Pointed out “This was my first time attending a Pow Wow and it was an experience I will never forget.  The sounds of singing and drumming filled the school yard.  The regalia worn by the dancers was breath taking and the little children who took part in the ceremony immediately put a smile on your face.

I helped staff the Let’s Talk Science booth and we had students make gak using Elmer’s glue, food colouring and borax.  By way of this activity, students were introduced to the properties of polymers.  We continued making gak until our supplies ran out – the activity was a hit!”

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FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA VISITS WALPOLE ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Former Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin made a visit to Walpole Island Elementary School Wednesday morning. He has been a heavily involved supporter of the Walpole Island School for the past five years.

In his speech to the children of Bkejwanong,  Mr. Martin said to them, “You represent a very great people, and your going to make that very great people even greater. You’re going to make them greater because you went to this school, because you had the teachers you had, because of the  Chief and councilors you have and the Elder that spoke to you today talked about how strong your nation is going to become because of you.”

Newly Elected Chief Dan Miskokomon honored the visitors with traditional gifts from Bkejwanong. The students also gave gifts to the visitors that spoke to them.

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WALPOLE ISLAND SCHOOL POW WOW

June 21, 2014, what Walpole Island school held its annual powwow. It was a huge event this year with many vendors and many dancers, hosted by the elementary school. There were two drums and the celebration began with the grand entry honoring the communities veterans lead by the head dancers. The highlights included a science booth for students, a lacrosse game and awesome traditional food.

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Walpole school a national first

WALPOLE ISLAND – If the efforts of a model school program pay off, Walpole Island Elementary School will be the launching pad for future engineers, scientists and astronauts.

Former Prime Minister Paul Martin was at Walpole Island on Thursday morning to announce that Walpole Island will become a flagship school for numeracy among First Nation schools across Canada. It is hoped that the numeracy program will eventually spread across Canada.

The funding for the five-year project will come from the Martin Aboriginal Educational Initiative, a charitable organization.

Martin is familiar with Walpole Island. During the announcement held at the school’s gymnasium, he recalled how he used to come up to Walpole Island in the summer with his dad, former Liberal cabinet minister Paul Martin Sr. The pair would meet with Walpole Island band council and then go on fishing excursions. Read More.