Bison Bus a hit with summer student, not just families

Bison Bus a hit with summer student, not just families

Hi all! My name is Catriona, I was the summer student at the NWT Literacy Council in 2018 and was fortunate to return as one of two summer students this year.

I love working at the Council. By far, one of the best opportunities I’ve been given is to go on all the Bison Bus trips in the southern portion of the territory. 

In June, Charlotte and I took the Bison Bus to Lady Evelyn Falls in Kakisa to celebrate the end of the Fort Providence Aboriginal Head Start’s Culture Week. We were treated to a delicious meal cooked over a campfire. We did a rocket ship science experiment with the families who attended.

In July, Katie, Christine, and I took the bus to Fort Resolution and Hay Days in Hay River. On these trips, we got to interact with families. Normally in the office or at training events we interact with family literacy practitioners rather than the families they work with. Gathering families together in an informal setting allowed us to get useful feedback we can use to improve our programs to better meet the needs of the community.

I was surprised at the number of older kids who came to visit us in Fort Resolution. The Bison Bus is a safe place to let kids be kids.

Our last trip of the summer was in August, when we drove to Fort Smith and Enterprise. The experiences I got on these trips will definitely help me down the road in any career I end up in. I learned problem solving and conflict resolution skills, and improved my ability to priorize tasks.

I had another great summer at the NWT Literacy Council, and I would recommend working there to anyone!

— Catriona Profit, Summer Student

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