Unique circumstances are part and parcel of Indigenous learning at Catholic schools in Fort McMurray, Alta., in a year where education has already been anything but normal.

Protecting the vulnerable population of Indigenous elders has been the primary concern for educators accustomed to leaning on elders’ traditional teachings in the classroom.

From sharing experiences in residential schools to facilitating land-based learning, the aging cohort has been an invaluable resource in Indigenous education in past years. But elders have had to sit out due to safety concerns around the pandemic.

Praise the Lord

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