Indigenous Youth Circle’s sending care to the far North –

Local students’ charitable campaign ‘an incredible success’

Our local students are sending some love North.

The Indigenous Youth Circle is giving back, collecting items for infants and babies, and sending them to families in Fort Albany. Thousands of diapers have been collected and are getting ready to ship out. The other week, another truckful was sent to the remote First Nation community.

“I’m very happy with this result,” said Albany Benson, speaking of the donations. “It’s way more than I would have ever expected. All of the hard work that was put into it has definitely paid off, and everyone is working together, so it has been great.”

Benson put the idea for the donation drive into motion. A grade 12 student at Chippewa Secondary, Benson helps to lead the Indigenous Youth Circle (IYC) and serves as the Indigenous Youth Trustee on the Near North District School Board.

The IYC is an initiative of the school board, and each high school has a student representative in the circle. Together, IYC members collaborate on projects and ideas to support Indigenous youth. However, for this project, many people came together to give the IYC a helping hand.

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