Originally published in the June 26, 2020 edition of Pikwakanagan Tibadjumowin.
Dear Members of Pikwakanagan First Nation,
On behalf of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Council, and the Algonquin Nation, I would like to congratulate all graduating students from day care, senior kindergarten, Grade 8, Grade 12, post-secondary and other programmes.
Dear students, despite some hard tasks and challenges that I am sure you have encountered at some point in your studies, at the end of it all, you have completed this part of your journey with great achievements and you no doubt have some beautiful memories. Under the guidance of your teachers, parents, and community, you have attained an impressive milestone in your life with great honor and integrity.
We are all proud of your many achievements over the years, along with your various accomplishments in all curriculum and extra curricular activities. Your brilliant achievements are indeed acknowledged. The memories of your school days will remain in your hearts forever.
Dear students, as you leave the Great Halls of Learning, expect that there may be some challenges that await you. With the skills and knowledge that you have gained, you will surely overcome.
Always see yourselves as good ambassadors of your respective academies. Be kind and good to people you meet on your way up. Allow the words of the Creator to guide you as you journey to greatness. Think big thoughts and be optimistic in whatever you are doing. I encourage you to continue to further your education through continuous professional development.
On behalf of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, I wish you the best of luck in your days ahead. May the creator bless you all!
In the words of ― Martin Luther King Jr.
“If you cannot fly then run, if you cannot run then walk, if you cannot walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
Miigwetch, Thank You, Merci Beaucoup Wendy Jocko, Chief