Aboriginal student centre honoured at parade
The Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre has been recognized for its part in a new program offered through the Canadian Forces called the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY).
ALOY offers tutoring to Aboriginal high school graduates who wish to improve their grades in order to attend a Canadian university. The inaugural year-long course ends today with a military and cultural ceremony.
Robert Thibeau, Squadron Commander for ALOY, says that over the past year, Four Directions provided a great deal of cultural support that the ALOY students found very helpful. The parade, he continues, acknowledged the accomplishments of the ALOY students as well as recognizing institutions such as Four Directions Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre of Kingston that have helped make ALOY a success.
Arig Girgrah and Dionne Nolan from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs attended the ceremony to accept a certificate of appreciation on behalf of Four Directions. The parade was held on the Royal Military College grounds and followed by a pow wow at Lake Ontario Park.