A Message to All First Nations Students Completing Their School Year

On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations and the AFN national executive, I would like to sincerely congratulate you on finishing this school year. I am sure many of you are looking forward to a well-deserved summer break! For those of you who are graduating, I wish you all the best as you embark on the next chapter of your personal journey.

I want to acknowledge your dedication and the hard work that you have applied to your studies. You should be very proud of your accomplishments. During my travels around the country I get to visit many schools and meet many students. I see the efforts you put into your studies. You may face difficulties and challenges but I know you work hard and keep your focus on the light of a brighter future.

To all the teachers, educators and parents out there, a special thank you for all you do to support and nurture our young generation of learners. Your example and commitment are directly contributing to the improvements we see in graduation rates and academic achievement.

For you students, I am confident that you will continue to move forward on your journey of lifelong learning. I ask you to keep your hearts and minds open to learning. There are many teachers out there: in our schools, our families, our communities, our cultures and, of course, our Elders. This balanced approach to living and learning honours our ancestors’ wisdom and reflects the very special legacy that we share as Indigenous peoples.

We encourage you to continue to use these gifts, to reach for anything that you aspire to achieve. Your efforts bring much pride and strength to all of our Nations.

We offer our thanks to you as you bring hope and promise to the future of all of our communities. You are our leaders. Take pride in who you are and all that you can offer. We wish you all the best this summer and hope for a successful return to school in the fall.

National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

Assembly of First Nations