addresses UN Committee on the rights of the child
Nation, Ontario: Grade 12 St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic
Secondary School student, Kendall White, was among a dozen Aboriginal
student ambassadors selected by the The First Nations Child and
Family Caring Society of Canada to travel to Geneva, Switzerland
to address the United Nation's committee on the rights of the
child specifically on issues impacting First Nations children in
Kendall, who hails from Temagami First Nation, trained for three
days in Toronto before heading overseas to the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) from February 1
to February 8, 2012.
Kendall spoke to the committee about many issues, but focused on
education because of her own experi-ence.
elementary school (on Temagami First Nation), four different
grades shared one teacher, which wasn't ideal for learning the
stuff you needed to be learning in your own grade," she said.
Once she chose St. Joseph-Scollard Hall for secondary school,
Kendall moved to the town of Temagami with a host family to
better access the school buses that went to North Bay.
Kendall said she struggled until she found the right host family
and credits her involvement with clubs at school and back home
as a source of stability.
"I struggled to believe in myself for a few years while I
adjusted to all these changes and instability, but once I
started to get involved with things like the SJSH Green Team and
with the Temagami First Nation Youth Council, I realized that
confidence is key to succeeding. I began to believe that I
could achieve my dreams."
Last year, inspired by what she was learning through her
involvement with the SJSH environmental group, The Green Team,
Kendall applied and was selected as one of only 80 students
worldwide to travel to the Artic with Students on Ice to see
first hand the effects of climate change.
She has been accepted to Sir Sandford Fleming College to study
Environmental Technology in September with plans to continue at
Trent University upon completing college.
She is also considering an invitation to join the National
Aboriginal Youth Council.
Listen to Kendall speak to APTN National News live from the
United Nations Convention in Geneva about her experience:
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