As a child my Granny used to tell stories of the effort it took to reach her island cottage on Georgian Bay each summer. In the late 40’s they would ‘four-wheel drive’ from Parry Sound (where Hwy 69 ended) to the village of Pointe Au Baril, where they would meet up with Irving Pavis.
Irving was an expert travel guide and companion from the Shawanaga Reservation. He knew everything about ‘the Bay’ — fishing holes, canoeing, weather patterns, bird migrations, flowers, fauna, hunting-trapping, camping, cooking, astronomy. . .. A true expert, Irving was respected by family and in particular my Granny. She shared what he taught her and to this day I try to honour her wish that I acquire the same breadth of knowledge and skills that Irving possessed.
It made me think back and wonder if Irving had been able to teach his children the many lessons that I had so desired, or were they taken from him, those lessons forever lost to his children and community.
As a small independent school, in a remote natural setting in traditional Anishinabek Territory, RLC is in a unique position to take on a leadership role in Education for Reconciliation.
We believe that Seven Generations will set RLC apart from the mainstream and will attract engaged youth from around the world who are looking for a profound education based on inclusion, inter-cultural understanding and respect.
Our family believes that every Canadian should get involved and support the 94 Calls to Action.
My family will match every donation to Seven Generations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 until December 31st.
Please donate today and invest in the proud legacy of Indigenous educational partnership that is flourishing at RLC.