Seven Generations Scholarship

RLC aims to be a leader in education as a tool for reconciliation.

With a generous donation to First Nations scholarships and programming from RLC alumnus Kelly Carrick ‘85 and his family, what began in 1986 as an agreement and small bursary program has grown into a multifaceted and prestigious scholarship program supported by a pedagogy that celebrates First Nations’ traditions of teaching, learning and culture.

Courtney Tabobondung '20 is one of our first Seven Generations Scholarship recipients. Courtney joined RLC when she was 16 from Wasauksing First Nation in Parry Sound, Ontario.

I learned that RLC cares. The teachers and the staff at RLC care for each and every student - from the Head of School to the drivers to the teachers to the people who feed us every day. They all have a smile and the time for us. I first realized that RLC was special when I interviewed for the scholarship and especially when I was greeted on my first day, with friendliness and warmth and a feeling of safety and belonging.

– Courtney Tabobondung '20

Highlights of the Seven Generations Program

  • Provided a safe and supportive learning environment for 75+ Indigenous students
  • Acknowledged the land as territory of the Ojibway people
  • Retained First Nation leadership on the RLC Board
  • Established private funding to support gifted Indigenous students
  • Welcomed the first cohort of Seven Generation Scholars in 2019
  • Added “Indigenized” curriculum to RLC
  • Organized visits from Elders and Knowledge Keepers
  • Introduced Anishnaabemowin language class for Grade 10
  • Added Ojibwe interpretive signs to local surroundings
  • Hosted a Pow Wow organized by Indigenous student Courtney Tabobondung ‘20
  • Hired educator Kory Snache to teach and help administer the Seven Generation Strategy