First Nations feast at John Paul II

By Katherine Svenkeson
December 15, 2016 - 12:00pm

There’s no better way to get to know someone than over a table full of food.

That’s how First Nations families and staff at John Paul II Collegiate broke the ice on Dec. 14 at the third annual Braided Journey Christmas Dinner.

Organizer of the yearly event, Shalen Fox, is the graduation coach at the school. According to him, the dinner allows for better communication between school staff and parents.

“We wanted to make a good environment so we’re not always phoning home about academics or attendance,” Fox said. “This is something casual so they can come in just to meet the staff on a different level and staff can meet parents on a different level and actually put a face to those emails and phone calls.”

Roughly a third of the student population at John Paul II is either First Nations or Métis, which is why making a good connection is important according to him.

After only three years the dinner has  become so popular that Fox said they made need to look for a bigger venue in the coming years.

 

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