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Cold Lake Elder featured in Scholastic book

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Compiled by Shari Narine







This two-page spread on Elder Nancy Scannie is part of Scholastic’s Take Action series geared to upper elementary students. (Photo: provided)


May 24, 2016. Cold Lake First Nation Elder Nancy Scannie with Keepers of the Water is featured in the Scholastic publication Every Drop Counts. The two-page question and answer feature talks about when Scannie, now 76, was born and how there was no concern about safe drinking water then. Scannie also explains the special role of women, “We try. We try very hard. We are connected with the water. But we can just do so much. We do our praying, we do our ceremonies and we pray on the water.” The classroom unit pack is geared to grades 4 to 6 students. “Very honoured to be a part of Keepers (of) the Water,” said Jesse Cardinal, who serves as coordinator for Keepers of the Water. “(The Scholastic book is a) great learning tool about water.”