Relationships built between Thornhill and Attawapiskat students

Unexpected friendships form in the spirit of Reconciliation

Students and staff from St. Elizabeth CHS in Thornhill and Bishop Marrocco Thomas Merton SS in Toronto were recently recognized by the Canadian Parliament for their work with the Attawapiskat First Nations community. What started as a soccer camp by St. Elizabeth Teacher, Dan Romano and Bishop Marrocco Thomas Merton Teacher, Paulo Pereira is now a sports arts and multimedia initiative that brings students and staff from our GTA communities to Attawapiskat and helps youth in both communities share their experiences and build friendships.

St. Elizabeth students shared their love for dance and bucket drumming with their Indigenous peers. The students and staff at the school are also currently working to retrofit gently used bicycles to be sent to Indigenous youth in Attawapiskat. This experiential learning experience has allowed youth from very different parts of the province to come together in the spirit of reconciliation. Unexpected friendships have been formed and developed through compassion and love.

Joining the St. Elizabeth students on their recent trip to Ottawa was Andrew Koostachin and Dallas Koostachin, the father and brother of the late Shannen Koostachin of Shannen’s Dream. Watch this clip of this initiative being recognized in Parliament.