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Sudbury students raise $1,900 for Junction Creek committee

Leaves of Change: Binaakwe Giizis fundraiser promoted environmental stewardship
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Staff and students across the Sudbury Catholic District School board participated in a fundraiser for the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee.

Staff and students at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board recently raised more than $1,900 for the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee.

Leaves of Change: Binaakwe Giizis is a fundraiser that took place Oct. 14 to promote environmental stewardship.

The goal of the fundraiser is to engage in civic and environmental responsibility by bringing attention to climate change and better understand how we can protect the earth for future generations.

Throughout the day and the month of October, students and staff are encouraged to make more sustainable efforts. This includes cleaning green spaces by picking up trash and litter, recycling, using a reusable water bottle and reducing day-to-day waste, where possible.

In addition, October is known as Binaakwe Giizis - Moon of Falling Leaves. The fundraiser also served as an educational opportunity to understand, acknowledge, and respect Indigenous perspectives on caring for Mother Earth (Shkagamik Kwe).

“As a school board, it is our responsibility to create opportunities that teach the importance of protecting the earth for future generations,” said Joanne Bénard, Director of Education for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, in a press release.

“Environmental degradation affects the health and well-being of all peoples of North America and the world in many ways.

“By participating in this fundraiser, and the many planned activities, we help our community engage in volunteerism and create hope through environmental restoration.”