Thunder Bay – DFC Students Push For New School Receives Support From Federal Minister

DFC students’ push for new school receives support from federal minister

A federal minister championing the construction of a new school and residence for Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay has students and staff at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School hopeful a dream that has been ongoing for more than 10 years will finally become a reality.

“It definitely feels a lot closer now,” said DFC teacher, Greg Chomut. “We are not going to stop fighting for it and to know that there are people there that have a voice that can keep the attention on it for us while we are not there, really feels good. It gives us hope.”

Chomut, along with a dozen students from DFC, recently returned from Ottawa where they met with Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott.

Grade 11 student, Kaiden Angeconeb, said during the meeting, students stressed to Philpott the need for a new school and student residence.

“We told her that if we had a new residence, our programs wouldn’t have to worry about our safety all the time, because Thunder Bay is really known for being a dangerous place,” he said.

Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School opened in 2000 but the building itself, the former Northwood High School, is 55-years-old. – Tbnewswatch

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…A federal minister championing the construction of a new school and residence for Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay has students and staff at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School hopeful a dream that has been ongoing for more than 10 years will finally become a reality…

Has nobody learned anything from the Event Centre debacle?  The fact that a politician gives you a positive response means nothing.  Politicians always give you positive responses until they don’t.  The object is to string you along for as long as possible.  Keep your hopes up.  Politicians hate to say “no”.  Its not a good look for someone who always wants to look good.

With a Federal election less than a year away, expect Ottawa to “support” almost everything that comes their way.   Getting them to come up with cash is another story.

….Grade 11 student, Kaiden Angeconeb, said during the meeting, students stressed to Philpott the need for a new school and student residence….

That’s because Matawa First Nation has one.  Now the Sioux Lookout District First Nations want one.  That is how things work.

…“We told her that if we had a new residence, our programs wouldn’t have to worry about our safety all the time, because Thunder Bay is really known for being a dangerous place,” …

Is it really?  Is it more dangerous than other western cities?  Winnipeg for instance?  North Battleford?  Regina?  No. Its not.  Of course, if you want a new school, then you say whatever it takes.

If there is going to be a new residential school, will the new school be built here or Sioux Lookout?  Build it in Sioux Lookout. It is the area where the children are from.   Nothing says that the building needs to be located in Thunder Bay.

…Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School opened in 2000 but the building itself, the former Northwood High School, is 55-years-old…

So is Hammarskjold High School.   Hammarskjold High School has been expanded and renovated several times. Upgraded.  How much money has been put into DFC High school since 2000?  How much expansion? Renovation? Repairs?

The former PACI is older than that. It was built in 1910.  118 years old.  Over the years, it was expanded and renovated.  It is now serving as the Lakehead University School of Law.

Since when is a building obsolete at 55 years old?   A large percentage of homes in the city are older than that.  People still live in them.

Its obvious. The DFC people do not want their high school repaired or renovated.  They want what Matawa First Nation has. Its as simple as that.  Why not just come out and say that?  We want what they have.

What are we teaching young people today?  That everything is disposable and money grows on trees.  How is that going to prepare them for life out in the big world. A world where they have to learn to survive on their own?

What are the “Rs” of maintaining a sustainable world? Refuse, Reduce, Reuse. Repurpose Recycle.  I can add “repair”.  Why does that not apply to buildings?

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