Wachiya is Cree for "Greetings!" -- so I'm greeting you from Wemindji, a Cree community in James Bay, where I am visiting until tomorrow. I'm about to head back into the classroom. Photographer Monique Dykstra is giving a little lesson on using a digital camera and I'm going to do a talk about writing -- how I get ideas for my stories and stuff like that. It's pretty amazingup here. We're in a town of 1,300 people -- loads of kids. Monique and I are working on a story for The Montreal Gazette about grandmothers, who are another important part of the community in Wemindji. Many of the grammas were born in teepees, in the days before Wemindji was settled. When I look outside, I see a huge forest of fir trees -- and snow, loads of it. Okay, I'd better zip off, but I did want to at least write a quick hello from the north. Home tomorrow -- back at my blog on Thursday!
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I am glad you are enjoying yourself and can't wait to hear your stories when you get back! Thursday better be a looooong blog entry
I agree with Tamar... I'd love to hear all the details on how life is up North! Sometimes, it's amazing to realize that Canada is such a vast country and that people up North don't necessarily live the same way as we do in Montreal... Not to mention, at my old school, we were a total of 1000 students, with a few hundred teachers, so I suppose that Wemindji must live a little like we did at Marcelline... loads of children, some adults!