More than 1,100 students celebrated the soon-to-start school year with the annual Aboriginal Back to School Picnic on the lawn of Government House in Victoria, August. 13
Aboriginal students from kindergarten to Grade 12 can register to a free backpack full of supplies required for the upcoming school year.
M’akola has always been a very proud supporter of these events and many families who live in M’akola Housing come every year.
“This is another way M’akola can help the families we serve. When a child goes to school equipped with all the tools they need, it makes a big difference,” said Kevin Albers, M’akola CEO. “September is a month with a lot of added costs for families and we are happy to make the load a little lighter.”
The Victoria Back to School Picnic is the start of a series of picnics and supply giveaways across Vancouver Island and in Northwest BC. M’akola supports all six picnic events on Vancouver Island. This is the also the first year picnics are being held in both Prince Rupert and Terrace.
“M’akola is excited to include our tenants and other Aboriginal families on Northwest BC in this valuable program.”
The Aboriginal Back to School Picnics are a partnership with BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, M’akola Group of Societies, Hulitan Family and Social Services, Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services.