Opportunity Knocks for Aboriginal Students

First Nation, Metis and Inuit students from across Niagara Catholic participated in the Opportunity Knocks Aboriginal Youth Apprenticeship Conference October 8-10.  Approximately 20 Niagara Catholic students in Grades 9-12 joined students from the Oneida and Walpole Nations in this this two-day event, forming friendships and alliances to build a stronger foundation for the future.

During the session, students had the opportunity to learn more about employment opportunities through a variety of guests, including the Women in Trades Program and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). The students also participated in tradeshow tours where they interacted with a variety of industries, unions and training facilities.

An evening gala included music from the Juno Award-winning ‘A Tribe Called Red,’ whose unique sounds blend traditional Aboriginal music with Electronic Dance Music.

Opportunity Knocks was co-ordinated by the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAB), Oneida Nations and Walpole Nations. The Elders and Chiefs from these organizations made it clear to students they are the leaders of today and staying in school through graduation will ensure they are the leaders of tomorrow.

Congratulations to all those who made this such a successful event, and a special thanks to Stan Wesley for acting as Emcee and for providing photos from the event for our website.

This event is one of several events throughout the school year which is available to students who have self-identified as First Nation, Metis and Inuit. To learn more about the benefits of Voluntary Self-Identification, please visit the Aboriginal Education section of our website.


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