Matawa Education and Care Centre opens new dorm to help students leaving communities to complete high school

In a recent article from the Canadian Press, Liam Casey reports on a new dorm opened by the Matawa Education and Care Centre in order to address the difficulties that Indigenous students face when they have to leave their communities to complete high school. Casey reports that the move introduces challenges for students, leaving some facing addictions, mental health issues, and instability. The new dorm—which provides space for 100 students—was developed to alleviate some of these challenges. The school uses a holistic approach to support Indigenous students and mixes academics with cultural programming, mental wellness services, and land-based programming. Students have the opportunity to participate in workshops, crafts, and events and outings after school. “We are trying to ensure no student is left without some kind of support,” said Matawa principal Brad Battiston.

CP24 (CP)