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January 11

Sugar Shack 2022 update

Once again, just like last year, AFFNO has to postpone our Prince Rupert Sugar Shack Festival until March. So, AFFNO is announcing that our 12th annual Sugar Shack Festival will take place March 10 to 12, 2022, with the Brunch taking place on Saturday, March 12, inside the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre. Normally, our Prince Rupert festival is always held at the end of January, but due to the pandemic, and the current situation in our province, we did not want to wait until January 18 to make our decision. More than likely, the restrictions in place will be extended another 30 days.

AFFNO will announce our updated plans (if possible) on February 4, 2022. In addition, you can always visit our website (www.affno-cb.ca) or read our upcoming E-newsletter (available as of January 24) for more information.

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September 27

A day of healing

Before reconciliation can become a reality, the healing must begin. On Monday, September 27 at the Ksan Village in Hazelton, AFFNO, in partnership with the Francophone Youth Council of B.C. (CJFCB) invited the Hazelton Secondary School students (HSS) to participate and listen to stories from residential school survivors.

Gary Patsey, a survivor, was the main speaker at the event. Shanna McCarthy, a French Immersion Grade 11 student at HSS who is also Gitxsan, is one of 12 participants who were chosen by the CJFCB for the Connecte Project, and she worked hard throughout September to organise A Day of Healing for her school. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, only 100 people participated. AFFNO produced T-shirts in three official languages (English, French, and Gitxsanimaax) with the message “Every Child Matters” and Michelle Stoney, a Gitxsan artist but also a French Immersion grad, created the artwork for the event.

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