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Algonquin Avenue Public School students engage in on-the-land learning – Anishinabek News

December 8, 2023

PASS LAKE — A group of Algonquin Avenue Public School students recently learned some of the Anishinaabemowin words for different fish (gigoonh) species during a Nov. 16 visit to the Dorion Fish Hatchery.

“We tried to incorporate [Anishinaabemowin] when they were out there,” says Corine Bannon, Native Language teacher at Algonquin Avenue Public School and Fort William citizen. “We had two classes, so that would be 30 students from Algonquin, and most of them are in Native Language.”

Bannon says the students, which were from Grades 4-6, had an opportunity to release trout into Pass Lake, which is located along the highway to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

“The students had the opportunity to carry them from the nets and then put them into Pass Lake,” Bannon says. “It was a first time for most of the students to do that, so it was quite exciting.”

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