Marleah Atlookan, a 15-year-old student from Northern Ontario’s Eabametoong First Nation, studies at Dryden High School. Only about a third of Indigenous students in her school board graduate in four or five years, but Marleah has a secret weapon working in her favour: A graduation coach who’s helping to make sure she gets her diploma in June, 2019. Marleah Atlookan has a whisper of a voice, jet black hair that parts like drapes over her face, and a habit of hiding her hands in the cuffs of her long-sleeve shirt. The 15-year-old rarely makes eye contact with strangers, especially when exploring a memory she has never been able to fully explain to herself.
She was only five years old, returning one evening to her home at Eabametoong First Nation, also known as Fort Hope, a remote community almost 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, when she saw a sight that […]
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