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CWDHS students collect donations to help isolated communities in Canada’s North

November 13, 2015

Bags and bags of clothing, toys, and other non-perishable items have been donated to a number of isolated communities in Canada’s North, thanks to the hard work of some CWDHS students.

Students in Centre Wellington District High School’s Aboriginal Club collected the items as a part of their longstanding partnership with the Inuit Outreach Project.

Now in their third year working together, CWDHS and local partners work together to ship much-needed items to Inuit communities in northern Canada.

On Friday Nov. 6, Connie Karlsson, who heads up the Inuit Outreach Project, came to the school on behalf of the Halton Hills Anglican Church Cluster. They will take the donated items and send them to at least a dozen northern communities.

Currently in its fifth year, the outreach project aims to help remote communities in northern Canada, specifically Nunavut and Nunavik, where the cost of living is very high. Compared to the rest of Canada, these communities often face high poverty rates, limited employment opportunities and inadequate housing conditions.

The CW Aboriginal Club continues to collect items all year round. In February, they will be sending donations to the remote community of Sandy Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario, via their second partnership with the Elora Pentecostal Church.

Sandy Lake is a fly-in community located 600km north of Thunder Bay. For most of the year the community is only accessible by plane. Over a six-week stretch in the winter, the community can be reached by ice roads. It’s during that short window that the community relies on shipping essential goods and equipment that they wouldn’t be able to get by plane.

UGDSB’s East Garafraxa and Primrose Elementary Schools have participated in school-wide projects to donate to the CW Aboriginal Club’s collection.

If you or your school is interested in donating to the CW Aboriginal Club, please contact Jack Frimeth at CWDHS.

For more information on the Inuit Outreach Project, visit their Facebook page

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