As part of the Oyoyocik Student Leadership Group's trip to Haida Gwaii, we are thrilled to share daily dispatches about their experiences during the trip.
Kelsey | Grade 12 | J.H. Bruns - Day 1
"Our trip was filled with nerves and a whole lotta excitement from both the group of students and our chaperones. The purpose of our trip half way across the country is to explore just how different some groups of people in our own Indigenous culture can be, among our seven indigenous students alone we represent; Cree, Ojibway, Dene and Métis.
We are travelling to the Haida Gwaii nation to learn about their different culture, as well as sharing our own. We have been selected within our Louis Riel School Division because we are all seen as leaders for our culture and our people.
Looking around at the girls while we were waiting in the airport, or on the plane, and in the hotel in Vancouver I could see we were beyond excited (mostly through the way we couldn't seem to stop dancing and laughing) for this once in a lifetime opportunity. It's through our hard work and perseverance that we are seen as young leaders without our school division.
As the days roll out, I'm excited and can't wait to see how our group of young indigenous women represent ourselves to the people of Haida Gwaii. I personally, can't wait to meet some students our age and connect with them.
Today when our group arrived in Masset, we settled into our hotel that overlooks the ocean before we packed up (after a quick nap) for our hike to the top of Tow Hill. It was amazing to be in the area that the Haida people say that their people and culture began, and it felt so special to share this experience with other female indigenous students. We didn't land in Masset first thing in the morning, but this day was filled with adventures and new friends that made it feel much longer."