Standing Tall

Standing Tall

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This 24-minute documentary is set in Winnipeg, Manitoba's North End, an area where many of the city's poorer people live, and an area where many Indigenous people make their homes. It profiles a program introduced into two schools, at the grade 5-8 levels, William Whyte Community School and Niji-Mahkwa School.

Standing Tall is a project organized by the Manitoba Métis Federation to counter-act poor test results produced by the existing education system and to encourage Métis parental and community input into the schools.

The story highlights the participation of trained Métis staff who carried out the program, providing encouragement, positive feedback, and personal interaction for the students, the comfort of "the nest" provides an atmosphere of security and well-being. Community involvement and parental support are the key to the program's success.

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