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SSDEC announces Aboriginal Children’s Book Writing Contest Winners

Emily Hall of Behchoko and Chief Sunrise Education Centre students of K’atlodeeche take first place FORT SMITH, NT – The South Slave Divisional Education Council is excited to announce the winners of the Aboriginal Children’s Book Writing Contest: Emily Hall of Behchoko in the adult category; and the students of Chief Sunrise Education Centre in K’atlodeeche in the children’s category. The two winners will have their stories published as full colour children’s books in English, Cree, Slavey (Dene Yatié) and Chıpewyan (Dene Dédliné). They will also each receive $500 for their well-written stories, which embody Northern themes and culture. The stories are expected to be released in March 20

Two South Slave students chosen to represent the NWT in Ottawa

Shae McMahon and Rochelle Smith to attend Young Citizens forum in November FORT SMITH & HAY RIVER, NT – In November, Grade 10 student Shae McMahon of Paul W. Kaeser High School and Grade 7 student Rochelle Smith of Princess Alexandra School will be travelling to Ottawa, ON to represent the Northwest Territories at the 3rd annual Young Citizens program and Youth Forum. The Young Citizens program is a complementary component to the NWT Territorial Heritage Fair Showcase, which both McMahon and Smith placed in in Yellowknife this past spring. They were asked to create short videos on their topic, similar to a short documentary. The videos were uploaded online to garner votes, which made up part

Graphic novel Spirit marks the SSDEC’s 290th publication

Richard Van Camp’s book focuses on the importance of family support on mental health FORT SMITH, NT – Graphic novel, Spirit, is a very important piece of work written by Richard Van Camp and published by the South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC) for three reasons. First, it holds the title of the SSDEC’s 290th Aboriginal language publication and Van Camp’s 20th book in 20 years. Second, it is being published in Cree, Chıpewyan, Slavey, and English, making it an excellent short story for Aboriginal language classes all across the South Slave and Canada. And third and most importantly, it focuses on the importance of relationships and how a loving, caring family can support positive

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