Ken Smid and Christine Lefebvre joined us to discuss North Aid's mission.  Ken described the living conditions in many of the northern reserves and the lack of opportunity facing young people.  60% of children live below the poverty line. Poor overcrowded housing, lack of suitable water, poverty and expensive food costs are part of the problem.  Ken suggested part of the solution is self government and self determination.  North Aid has sponsored " A Taste of Indigenous Canada" dinners to raise funds for their programs.  Among the programs North Aid has sponsored is hockey exchanges and medical supplies sent North.  There are six reserves on the Thames; this is a possible joint project.
 
Christine described the significance of the dress and symbols she brought with her.  She presented a program to London school children later in the day.
 
 
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