Pen Pal Project

Pen Pal Project

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It was at the Neighbouring Communities Community Gathering that I and others came to know Suzie Miller - a teacher on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory (a First Nations Reserve) yet living in Caledonia, Ontario Canada.  At the gatherings I and others came to hear about an initiative  in which Suzie had begun to bring the youth from Six Nations together with the youth of Caledonia following conflict related to a land rights dispute. She was concerned about the negative impression and images the youth were beginning to hold about the children from each community.  In response Suzie started the Pen Pal Project with two classrooms at the time facilitating the youth to write letters to each other with a plan to have them meet at the end of the school year.  Starting with two classrooms (about 40 students) in 2016 the Project has grown to include 37 classrooms on each side of the Pen Pal (approx 2000 students) who will meet at the end of their school year. 

The Pen Pal Gatherings are like community rituals in which a forum is provided to celebrate shared themes of friendship, respect, and diversity.  They provide an opportunity for cultural exchange and education as well as a fun time to meet.  

The Project comes to life through the collaboration and dedication of a cross cultural committee.  

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Below are the video archives of Pen Pal Gatherings and Camp.  They document the ongoing 'story in the making'.  

Pen Pal Gathering 2011- Tim Horton Onodaga Farms

Pen Pal Camp 2012

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