Local students attend National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

Feb. 24 was the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the day I had wanted to come for weeks

Clearwater Secondary School students (l-r) Nathan Porter

Clearwater Secondary School students (l-r) Nathan Porter

They say it always rains in Vancouver, but not even the worst of rains could have ruined my day. Feb. 24 was the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the day I had wanted to come for weeks.

The Laureate Luncheon was first on the agenda, meeting award winners, and others attending the awards show. I met the Honorable Gerry St. Germain, a senator, air force pilot, a rancher, and an inspirational man.

After the luncheon, we decided hit the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Stopping to grab a drink, some gifts, and of course, take a lot of pictures from the Indigenous, Asian, and South American exhibits.

Then, the finally, the moment we had been waiting for, the main event. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre seems much bigger in person. People were greeting each other with arms open, much like a family that had been long separated. The awards show was amazing, the people the lights, the crowd, and the performances left me in awe.

Afterwards the lobby was filled with songs and dance, laughter and acceptance. Leaving that night, left me with a feeling, like being inspired, fulfilled, and the happiness that indigenous culture still flourishing today. Along with all the people who sponsored the event, I personally would like to thank Mr. Persad, and Mrs. Anderson for taking us on such an amazing trip.

My name is Robert Wallington. I’m 17, from Clearwater B.C, and I am proud to be an Aboriginal student.

– Robert Wallington