Ramping up in Lac La Croix
December 4th, 2013
Marking the beginning of Lac La Croix First Nation’s 6th year in Outside Looking In, Lac La Croix’s program launch this November saw choreographer Kristian Dalisay instructing both new and returning students from grades 8 to 12, while reconnecting with parents, volunteers, and community supporters, and meeting the new principal and members of the school staff.
With Kristian’s second visit behind him and his third coming up before the holidays, Lac La Croix youth are well on their way to making OLI rehearsals, regular attendance, and academic performance part of their weekly routines. We applaud the volunteer team for stepping forward to support Lac La Croix students, parents and siblings for providing food and water to fuel the dancers, and community leadership for recognizing and promoting opportunities for personal growth and remarkable experiences for their youth.
We hope you are marking your calendar and saving the date because this year’s annual show on May 14th and the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto is already shaping up to be an epic event.
Sandy Lake Returns
December 4th, 2013
Ten are returning youth who made it to the stage to perform in the Annual show in Toronto last year and experienced first hand both the rewards and challenges of OLI. From all appearances, these youth are hungry to push themselves to the next level in 2014 and are already demonstrating much leadership and confidence in dance rehearsals. Sandy Lake First Nation has a solid team of volunteers who are committed to supporting and encouraging their youth. In addition, OLI parents are already rallying to organize some fund raising events with the goal of being able to attend the show and cheer on their children from the audience. Nino Vicente, this year’s choreographer, visited the community for the first time November 25 until the 28th to begin instructing this year’s piece. He was impressed with the energy and exuberance of the Sandy Lake youth and is counting on their commitment to rehearse and refine their hip hop moves in the interim before his return to the community in January.
We look forward to tracking the progress of Sandy Lake youth over the next few months as they strive to maintain regular attendance, good grades, positive behaviour, and physical fitness. Way to go Sandy Lake!
Congrats to graduating youth 2012-13!
July 5th, 2013
A big shout out to Lance Geyshick, Lac La Croix First Nation and Brett Pangowish, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on graduating from high school. Keep up the great work and good luck in your future endeavours!
Congratulations OLI Youth 2012-13!
July 5th, 2013
Congratulations to the 57 OLI youth from Lac La Croix First Nation, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Onigaming First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation, the Nisga’a Nation, and Toronto Council Fire Cultural Centre who shone on stage at the Winter Garden Theatre in downtown Toronto at OLI’s 6th Annual Performance. These amazing youth made history as both the largest OLI group and the most polished performers in the charitable organization’s history. Special thanks to our amazing choreographers and volunteers who supported the youth and encouraged them along the way on this life-changing journey.
Special congratulations to Brett Pangowish of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and Lance Geyshick of Lac La Croix First Nation who recently earned their secondary school graduation diplomas. We celebrate their success and wish both graduates well as they continue their learning in postsecondary pursuits.
Ceejay Kelly – Onigaming First Nation
March 15th, 2013
I had so much fun in Toronto, over the passed couple weeks! I really enjoyed it. Meeting new people, becoming really good friends with them, doing lots of activities, and performing on stage! I really hope we can do it again next year!