Fourteen students from high schools around Eeyou/Eenou Istchee brought their courage, their confidence, and their speeches to Waswanipi for the Cree School Board’s Regional Public Speaking Competition.
Topics ranged from the importance of speaking many languages, to the legalization of marijuana. And they didn’t stop there.
Julianne Mark of Eastmain spoke on the question of fulfilling “our ancestral expectation of taking care of Mother Earth.” Ryan Jolly of Waswanipi, speaking in Cree, explored the topic of high school drop outs.
The Regional Public Speaking Competition is held annually. Students participate in one of the three language streams and qualify for the regional contest by competing at their home school against their friends and classmates.
Winners of the 2018-2018 CSB Regional Public Speaking Contest are as follows:
|Lukas Polson||Waskaganish||"My late Granpa’s stories"|
|Ryan All Gull-Jolly||Waswanipi||"What happens when students stop coming to high school?"|
|Adamie Mathias||Waswanipi||"The Truth and Reconciliation Commission"|
|Harland Kitchen||Mistissini||"My story of being the child of residential school survivor"|
|Julianne Mark||Eastmain||"Are we fulfilling our ancestral expectations of taking care of Mother Earth"|
|Anthony Marion||Chisasibi||"Un moment memorable"|
|Marie-Laurence Lasnier||Nemaska||"Does Technology + or – affect your performance in class?"|
|Lianne Ottereyes||Waswanipi||"Comment pensez-vous que la violence dans les videos, la télé, les films et la musique peut avoir de l’influence dans notre vie."|
First-place winners received $1,000, while those who won second and third places received $750 and $500 respectively.
Other participants, and winners at the school level: Kimberly Wapachee McDougall (French, Mistissini-"Réconciliation et justice au Canada"), Andrea Macleod (English, Waskaganish), Denzel Berryman (French, Waskaganish-"L’importance de parler plusieurs langues"), and James Esau (English, Chisasibi-"Legalization of marijuana").
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