Yesterday, dear friend of reBOOT Canada Nicholas Brinkman joined me on a trip to our Peterborough store to pick up some donations and reconnect with one of Nick's high school friends.
Peterborough businessman and son of the Curve Lake First Nation Ronald Whetung met us at 251 Charlotte Street and took us on a fantastic tour of the place where he grew up - as well as one of the coolest museums on the planet right in the heart of Peterborough.
Curve Lake First Nation is a Mississauga Ojibway First Nation occupying a peninsula with Lake Chemong on one side and Buckhorn on the other, barely joined together by Harrington Narrows.
Driving along Mississauga Street off of Curve Lake Road, we saw the first school house Ron went to class in, crossed the peninsula to see the new school and caught a glimpse through the bushes of the fishing lodge his uncle Clifford owned and operated. He talked about growing up First Nations in Peterborough, as a student at Ryerson, and the work there is to do to educate Canadians on the historical treatment of and current issues facing First Nations communities.
To that end, here's one link to some basics from the CBC to start the conversation where you are - but hope it sparks an interest in learning more and getting more perspectives.