Atahkakoop Cree Nation transforms old high school into education, training centre 

Atahkakoop Cree Nation has purchased an old high school in Shell Lake and transformed it into an education and training centre. The goal of the centre is to provide accessible and culturally sensitive adult education to students who are interested in upgrading or completing their Grade 12 education. The centre is planning to offer training and education in a variety of areas, including IT, cooking, and mechanical classes, and both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are welcome to access education at the centre. It will also offer students access to free lunch and transportation. “Demographics suggest that there’s a lot of unemployment on First Nations, and this is due to a number of circumstances, but the most recent being COVID,” said project manager Joseph Burton Smokyday. “This is post-COVID, so we’re trying to find ways to deal with getting our people educated and caught up again.”

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