October 2017 – Indigenous library complete in Wabauskang First Nation
We are so excited to share the results of SchoolBOX’s first Indigenous library project in Wabauskang First Nation. The library was finished on October 5th, thanks to the leadership and support of Terri Meekis and her amazing community in Wabauskang. Terri, an Anishinaabe woman, mental health support worker, and mother of three, was also a two-time SchoolBOX volunteer with our Indigenous Youth Empowering Students (IYES) program. It was during her trips to Nicaragua helping to build a school that Terri got the inspiration to do something to ‘make education possible’ in her home community that did not have a library or school for her own kids to attend. She partnered with SchoolBOX to install her community’s very first library in their youth centre. The library contains 500 books with all Indigenous content, plus an e-reader and two iPads equipped with a library cataloguing app to facilitate book borrowing and returns.
SchoolBOX would like to thank Margie Graff for all of her help sourcing Indigenous content for the library and traveling with us to Wabauskang to help set it up. Her humility, community spirit and tireless efforts were inspiring. Thank you to the Laidlaw Foundation for donating the two iPads at the library, and to all of the individual donors and volunteers who gave their time and funds to make this project happen.
Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank USGE for believing in our ‘little organization that could’ and voting unanimously as a National Executive to support this Indigenous library pilot project. Without their generous support none of this would be possible.
And here it is: The SchooBOX Indigenous Library in Wabauskang