Pickle Lake and Mishkeegogamang

Happy Mother’s Day, a Mish Update

Hi there! We’re alive and well, not to mention we’ve finished off week 2 of teaching at Missabay Community School, and we’re just starting week 3. Every day is not only an amazing learning experience, but we’re getting to know the kids better and better. In the past week, we focused on nutrition and hygiene lessons, two very relevant and fun topics to teach! Not to knock the teaching, but the highlight of our days this week has been the […]

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Power Out in Pickle

Hey everybody! The last week or so has been fun filled and super busy, but we will update on all of the fun! Friday May 3rd we took off on a camping trip after school with Brent and the Canadian Junior Rangers. All four of us drove up in the van packed with warm clothes for the weekend. There were about 20 kids from both Missabay and Crolancia, and the Lac Soule division of the Canadian Junior Rangers joined us. […]

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Mish and the Northern Lights

We’re Back! After settling in, we are starting to get into the swing of things here in Mishkeegogamang. Before starting school on Monday, we had a jam-packed weekend in Pickle Lake. On Saturday, we had the opportunity to meet the mayor of Pickle Lake, Roy, and his wife Lucie. They also run a super high tech weather station that overlooks the airport, as well as a million and one other things around town. Lucie then gave us the full tour […]

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First Impressions

Dear Diary (oops probably meant to keep that to ourselves), We are just finishing up our first week of teaching at Crolancia. We’ve had a busy week up North and have lots to share with you! Saturday we woke up and met Lucy for a tour of Pickle Lake! Lucie and Roy have been lifesavers here in Pickle Lake and they have shown us around town as well as introduced us to a ton of local residents. Roy is the Mayor […]

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The Open Road

Hey everyone! Here’s the much anticipated… Aaron and Elaine’s Survival Guide (to surviving a 30-hour road trip): 1. Nickname the van. 2. Book a hotel before getting to Thunder Bay. 3. Keep the tunes rolling and the spirits high.   It’s Aaron and Elaine checking in from Pickle Lake! The last three days have been quite the adventure as we drove from Kingston, to Huntsville, to Thunder Bay, and finally Pickle Lake, covering approximately 2,100 kilometres! On our first day […]

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Road Trip to Pickle

Hey everyone! After a three-day road trip, we finally arrived in Pickle Lake! We had a short but lovely visit in Huntsville, and then headed out early in the morning around 8:00am on route to Thunder Bay. Big thank you to Martha Lapp for the hospitality in Huntsville as well as sending us with enough food to get us through 24 hours (we may or may not have had cookies for dinner). After 15 hours in the car, we were […]

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Mish Week 6: Final Days, Parting Ways….Oh, and We’ve Changed Since May

Six weeks, over 70 lessons and close to 10 000 km later, the Queen’s Health Outreach Mishkeegogamang 2013 project has come to an end. We have since returned to our respective homes with many new remarkable memories, changed perspectives and lessons learned. Our final week in Mishkeegogamang was marked by the conclusion of our sexual health unit with the 7/8 class, the puberty unit with the 5 and 6 classes and the bullying unit with younger students. Unfortunately, the school […]

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Pickle Lake Happily Ever After

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there arrived a group of students from Queen’s University. They were welcomed warmly and kept busy, finding a new home in this beautiful and distant place. After six weeks of astonishing adventures, surreal scenery, delightful dancing and lively learning, it was time for them to leave. So they climbed back into their black Dodge Caravan and drove off into the sunrise. And into the sunset. And then another sunrise. Believe […]

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