Northern College to Host Lightning Trail for Aboriginal Youth

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TIMMINS, ON: Northern College, in partnership with Hydro One and District School Board Ontario North East is hosting Lightning Trail, a summer retreat for Aboriginal youth from August 11 to 17, 2013, at the Timmins Campus.

Over 50 First Nation, Metis and Inuit students between the ages of 12 to 18 have applied and been selected to attend Lightning Trail which will provide a quality, meaningful experience through dynamic connections; fostering development through relationships, learning and tradition. Lightning Trail is designed to encourage self-confidence, knowledge, opportunity and success. Students will take part in cultural and academic activities. Both modern and traditional elements will illuminate the opportunities for exploring cultural, educational, and personal pathways.

“Through this partnership between Northern, Hydro One and District School Board Ontario North East, Lightning Trail enables students to experience college life while participating in energetic and inspiring cultural activities lead by elders,” said Christine Heavens, Manager of Northern College’s School of Engineering Technology and Trades. “Through these events, students will increase their self-esteem and develop leadership skills as they focus on aboriginal culture and explore post-secondary trades and technology programs. This retreat infuses academic experiences with traditional teachings and cultural activities so youth are informed, empowered and equipped to make decisions about their education and career choices.”

A variety of activities planned for the week-long retreat include the sharing of wisdom on the seven grandfather teachings, sacred fire, medicine wheel, rites of passage, team building exercises such as the Nish Olympics, and academic groundwork in areas of trades and technology such as millwright, electrical, instrumentation, mining, welding, automotive and heavy equipment. The retreat will also showcase Aboriginal guest speakers and entertainment. Headliners include Wab Kinew, host of CBC’s The 8th Fire and Shy-Anne, an award-winning country music artist.

Registration for Lightning Trail 2013 is now closed but applications for next year’s retreat will open Spring 2014 For more information about the event please visit or email


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Crystal Bresson
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Northern College
705.235.3211 ext. 2253