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Webequie First Nations, Ontario

Reports from Lead Teacher – Geneviève Anthony


Tuesday August 14, 2012 – Day 1
The morning portion of the day was well paced and energetic. 50% of the students had attended a Mining Matters Camp last year last year and brought with them an excited enthusiasm to this new Mining Movie Making Camp. Everyone stayed engaged as there was always change between the location, activity and lead teacher. Throughout the morning all four staff were active with the children and improvised a variety of physically active games: one on one work, leading group work, attending to “issues”, preparing next activity, etc.
Even though there were challenges due to the mixed ages of the participants (from 6 – 11 years of age) and the inability of some participants to commit to the workshop, it was a tremendously successful day.
Wednesday August 15, 2012 -Day 2
Today was multi faceted with two fully engaged shooting crews. The shoot list was completed with the exception of a scene looking at nail polish, which will be picked up tomorrow morning. The uncommitted students proved challenging again but with some gentle encouragement most chose to participate. Sofea thought it was an awesome day, and Angel said she would definitely come back tomorrow.
Day 2 was equally as successful as Day 1. A huge indicator of the community’s interest was that by 11:00 eight children had arrived in contrast to yesterday when only one had arrived at the designated time. Again, many of the children stayed well after we were finished to draw and talk. We anticipate and hope tomorrow will be as equally as successful.
On location at Webequie


Thursday, August 16th, 2012 – Day 3
Due to the dance that went late Wednesday night and the constant heavy downpour,attendance was more sporadic and transient than previous days.  Many came and went as weather permitted but the students got the job done.
Friday, August 17th, 2012 – Day 4
Promptly at 10:00am, 15 of the campers knocked on the door and piled onto the couch in the teacher’s residence to watch their edited footage. While eating slices of water melon they watched the movie five times. They quietly giggled at the parts that showcased themselves and their friends. Many of them helped us load our luggage onto the truck. Jeremiah came by to say thank you.
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