Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lax Kw'alaams Grad Class gains more national attention

The first ever Grad Class for Lax Kw'alaams Coast Tsimshian Academy are making their mark far and wide, with the most recent celebration of the grads success coming from the national newspaper the Globe and Mail.

The story which comes from Brent Jang, a Globe reporter who has spent much time in the region covering industrial related stories in the past, features a look at the success of the Lax Kw'alaams school program, as well as the exciting grad trip ahead

That journey to the east will see the grads and their chaperones depart for a twelve day tour of Ontario and Quebec on May 23rd, with stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City making for the celebration of their achievements.

The globe story also explores some of the future plans for the grads and how the first ever graduating class for Lax Kw'alaams is generating pride and enthusiasm in the community.

You can review Mr. Jang's report here.

It's not the first time that Lax Kw'alaams Grads have become a national feature, in February we outlined the attention that they had received from a Toronto television station, which had followed their story and hosted the students via an online link to the Toronto studios.

At that time, the grads the grads were advised that they would be treated to celebrity status on their tour of the Ontario capital, including a shopping spree at one of Metro Toronto's largest shopping centres.

While they shop they will also be outfitted by merchants of the mall with their grad clothing, the official graduation at the Coast Tsimshian Academy takes place on June 17th.

The group was also featured on the CBC Indigenous portal in January when Lenard Monkman made note of the upcoming milestone.

The crowdfunding campaign to help reduce the cost of the exploration of central Canada is closing in on the goal of 33,000 dollars. As of today the Grads of Lax Kw'alaams have raised 25,096 dollars.

There are fifteen days remaining in their fundraising campaign, you can find out more about it here.

More notes on Lax Kw'alaams can be reviewed here, while our notes on education in the Northwest can be found here.

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