In June, The Ontario Mining Association, with Noront Resources, brought youths from Webequie, Marten Falls and Long Lake #58 First Nations to Toronto for the “So You Think You Know Mining Video Awards.”
Last summer, mentored by teachers from Noront Resources, DAREarts and Engage Learn, the youngsters from all three communities became directors, actors, rap stars, cameramen and editors in Mining-Movie-Making Youth Camps that were held in each community.
Living in the community, each morning, DAREarts teacher Linda Carson went door to door to get the young stars up and at camp.
In Toronto, on June 5, 2013, as ‘Mining and My Community’ by Marten Falls First Nation was called out for the last award of the night, a few tears were shed in the group. Having all five boys wanting to take turns for the acceptance speech, including thanking the DAREarts teachers for “knocking on their doors each day”, is a very big difference from the boys DAREarts saw on the first day of camp last summer. Seeing them climb off stage with confidence is a sight that we all will cherish for a very long time.
We look forward to the Mining-Movie-Making Youth Camps this summer and everything we can collectively help the youth achieve!