It was a day of celebrating the overcoming of adversity when 15 Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School students graduated on May 16.
Janice Kakegamic of Sandy Lake First Nation moved to Thunder Bay to attend DFC when she was in Grade 10.
“Being away from my family was challenging,” the 20-year-old said. “It was weird being in a new environment.” Janice said she also had to endure peer pressure to drink alcohol, but she did not succumb to it. Now she has a high school diploma with plans to attend Confederation College in the fall.
As an indigenous person raised in a remote First Nation and on the land I am very familiar with my cultural and traditional roots. It was a steep learning...