Nishnawbe-Aski Nation students are being made to feel welcome as they prepare for high school in Thunder Bay.
NAN's Grand Chief joined about 50 city organizations at an orientation at Fort William Gardens yesterday, to give students greater awareness of services available to them.
Alvin Fiddler says there is a greater urgency to reach out this year, and show students there are people who care.
Fiddler says he understands why some parents don't send their kids here, and that's why events such as this took place.
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A spokesperson for Respect Initiative Thunder Bay spoke about anti-racism and crime prevention.
Stan Legarde greeted students warmly, asking questions, and found most of them seem happy and glad to be in Thunder Bay.
(staff photos of Alvin Fiddler/Stan Legarde)