QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Norm Miller rose in the Legislature today to congratulate and thank the Parry Sound High School students who wrote “Building Our Bridge: Our Journey of Reconciliation.”
Mr. Norm Miller: Today I recognize a dedicated group of students from Parry Sound whose vision has given rise to an award-winning book “Building Our Bridge: Our Journey of Reconciliation”.
Dawson Bloor, Mackenzie Elwes, Gracie Crafts, Sara Burns and Taylor Judge are students at Parry Sound High School. With support from teacher Patti Jenkins they wrote and illustrated a children’s picture book that shares the story of their school’s mission to bridge the gap between Indigenous and nonindigenous students.
The book tells a story of peace, healing and reconciliation that began more than 20 years ago at Parry Sound High School. They tell the story about the conflicts between students in the past and how a desire to address the issue lead to the birth of the school’s big drum. Gracie Crafts explains the drum played a big role in bridging the gap between the cultures.
The students submitted their book to the ME to WE “WE Innovate contest” and won the national contest. The group travelled to Ottawa to talk about their book on the WE day stage in November.
The students have been visiting schools in the area to share their book and have made presentations to the community.
This heartwarming story should encourage us all to reflect on the uncomfortable truths in our history and to follow their example by learning about each other’s cultures so that we too can build bridges.
I am immensely proud of these young people from my riding and everyone who supported them. Chi-Miigwetch to you all!