Heart-Breaking to Hope-Making

Apr. 20, 2016 | Mrs. Carey's Fifth Form English class has been busy working on an impromptu project since news of the Attawapiskat crisis broke last week.

The students had been reading a novel in early April when Mrs. Carey instructed them to research current events about indigenous people. Just days later, Attawapiskat declared its current state of emergency. Today in Chapel, these Fifth Formers spoke to the student body about the crisis and what can be done to help. The posters they created to draw awareness adorn the Student Life bulletin board on the ground floor of school house. The group has also written letters to both The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, MP for the Compton-Stanstead riding, and The Honourable Pierre-Luc Dusseault, MP for Sherbrooke, asking that they pledge their support at the federal level.

With the help of Mme Faucher, who has friends in Attawapiskat, the students have acquired a list of items compiled by this First Nations reserve's youth. They are small items, like board games and colouring books - simple pleasures to which they do not have access right now. On Monday, BCS will hold a bake sale to raise funds to buy some of these items to send up north.

At the end of the presentation, Mrs. Carey stressed that this was a project entirely initiated and organised by her students - who want to help their fellow youth.

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.