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Jack Layton Award | Runner-Up

Vision

Understanding the First Nations perspectives of animals and the environment in our culture, history, and society

Action

Students at W. D. Ferris Elementary School developed and performed a play called the ‘Story of the Salmon’ to highlight the connection between Richmond, BC, the Musqueam First Nations people and their traditional fishing and hunting territory, and the salmon migration. The students raised Coho salmon in the classroom and released them at the Little Campbell River Fish Hatchery. In the past, this students have also recycled beverage containers and paper hand towels, operated a compost program, conducted garbage audits, created 9 raised vegetable gardens, planted trees, operated a walk-to-school campaign, and used refillable whiteboard markers instead of disposable markers.