FASD Community Partners Robyn Dennis (Community Living Fort Frances and District), front left, Miranda Sigurdson (NHWU), Lana Smith (Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services), Jenn Cawston (FIREFLY), Erin Lovelace (Kenora-Rainy River Children and Family Services), Ellie Tucker (OPSEU Local 718 correctional staff), back left, Copper River Inn general manager Leanne Danelisky, Copper River Inn ma
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It was a day of celebration, tradition and possibilities as Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) held a grand opening ceremony for its new campus on Couchiching First Nation last Wednesday.
The Fort Frances campus, officially called Niizhwaaching Aanikoobijigeng Gikinoo'amaadiiwigamig, is a state-of-the-art project years in the making.
Seven Generations Education Institute's (SGEI) new campus played host to an assortment of dignitaries and VIPs during its grand opening last Wednesday, but the presence of one person not at the event was acknowledged many times over.
The plaque commemorating the late Delbert Horton was unveiled at the grand opening of Seven Generations Education Institute's new Fort Frances campus last Thursday. SGEI CEO Brent Tookenay said the plaque honouring Horton would be mounted somewhere in the building to recognize his contributions to the institute, the community and indigenous education around the world.
Laura Horton sang and drummed in memory of her late husband, Delbert Horton, during the opening of Seven Generations Education Institute's new Fort Frances Campus on Thursday. Horton, who passed away in December 2018, was the founder of SGEI and a life-long advocate for indigenous education.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford, left, presented SGEI CEO Brent Tookenay with a certificate from Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce during the grand opening of SGEI's new Fort Frances campus on Thursday.
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Ross Romano spoke to the crowd during the grand opening of Seven Generations Education Institute's new Fort Frances Campus on Thursday. The minister stressed the importance of facilities like the new campus which offer students the chance for high quality post-secondary education that is closer to home.
Canadian rock legend Carl Dixon took to the stage at the Townshend Theatre on Thursday to deliver a blend of hits from across his career as the first performer of the Tour De Fort season. Dixon, best known for his time in bands Coney Hatch, The Guess Who and April Wine, spoke at length about his career and recovery from a near-fatal 2008 car crash in Australia.
“Ragged Road” band members Rod Parr, left, Peter Keen, Michael Dennis, Chris Marchand and Jhustin Czjakowski played the final barn concert of the season at Cornell Farms last Wednesday night. The band hails from Dryden and delivered a fun blend of rock and folk music with a touch of Celtic-influenced sound.
One of the new classrooms stands ready for use at SGEI's new Fort Frances campus. Following the grand opening ceremony, visitors were invited to take an extensive tour of the new facility. There are nine regular classrooms at the campus designated for secondary, post-secondary and pre-employment training use.