Oakville’s Holy Trinity Secondary School Donates Sports Gear to Northern First Nations Communities

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Oakville’s Holy Trinity Secondary School Donates Sports Gear to Northern First Nations Communities

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Amanda Bartucci

Amanda Bartucci

Amanda Bartucci is the Communications Officer at Halton Catholic District School Board. She is attended St. Ignatius of Loyola in Oakville, and is a graduate of both Ontario College of Art & Design University and Humber College. She has been in her current position since 2013.

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On Friday, November 4, 2016, students and staff from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will gather to load hockey equipment and sports gear into a truck. The equipment will be donated to First Nations communities in Northern Ontario in particular the High School in Attawapiskat, near James Bay.

The donation idea came to fruition in Mrs. McInnes-McNab’s Grade 10 History class, while students were researching about the recent declaration of emergency within Attawapiskat, and concerns amongst teen mental health. Over 101 people attempted suicide in a community of 2,000 from September 2015 to April 2016, according to a report by CBC. A large percentage of this group where young people. Four mental health professionals were still required as of October 2016, though a temporary measure is in place.

The school collected items, and challenged neighbouring communities, including St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary Schools to join the challenge! All other donated items will be distributed to five identified First Nations communities in need. The public can contribute to the drive by contacting the school at 905-257-3534. Donations will be accepted today, November 3, 2016.

Members of the school community, as well as MP for Oakville, John Oliver, will gather on Friday November 4, 2016 to load the donation truck.

With the guidance and support of our local OPP, they will work closely with the Northern First Nations Police and communities to distribute the items where they are needed most. Officer Gilles Lachance will drive the donations and sporting equipment over the frozen James Bay highway to Atttawapiskat.

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