“My Great Lake, My Future” Great Lakes Student Conference
Early in the fall (2015) nearly 100 senior students from Algoma District School Board high schools joined representatives from EcoSuperior Environmental Programs, Garden River and Batchewana First Nations and the Ministry of Education for a day of learning focused on environmental issues as they relate to the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Superior. Students were asked to come prepared to ask questions about how they choose their career path, what connects their career to Lake Superior and where do they hope to be in the future.
Students from the Urban Aboriginal High School, White Pines, Superior Heights and Korah, spent the day at Mill Square and Whitefish Island in Sault Ste Marie participating in a variety of discussions, workshops and hands-on experiences to help them better understand Lake Superior, their connection to it and issues that surround the lake. Many of the students were science students and/or Environmental Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students.
Participants walked from Mill Square to Whitefish Island for morning and afternoon sessions which were led by environmental
experts. Welcomed to the island by aboriginal drummers, students took part in “dip netting” and water quality testing, tree identification and invasive species' discussions.
The day concluded with an hour long career panel discussion with environmental experts representing different sectors of the environmental field.
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