Innu kids learn from their own as Labrador First Nations take control of schooling

 By Sarah Smellie THE CANADIAN PRESS SHESHATSHIU, N.L- Inside a wide, white canvas tent behind the Sheshatshiu Innu School in Labrador, the first drop of sweet molasses dough falling into a bubbling pan of fat gives off an aroma that prompts a group of third graders to look up, almost in unison. Munik Aster, a pre-kindergarten teacher at the school, calls the scent “Innu heaven.” Aster is one of 11 Innu teachers who graduated last September from an Indigenous educator program offered through Ontario’s Nipissing University, in partnership with the Innu school board in Labrador. And she is a sign of a new approach to education in Labrador Innu communities that is yielding results. Inside the bright red and yellow hallways of the Sheshatshiu Innu School last month, teachers and…

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