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Sapina Saunders has never been down south this long.
She misses the land, canoeing with friends, berry picking but, most of all, her family.
She’s lived in Montreal for a month now and is facing many challenges.
But she did it for one reason: to learn more about her identity.
Saunders is doing that through the Nunavik Sivunitsavut program, a unique one-year schooling that prepares students for college or university.
“That is mainly the reason why I came here because I heard it was going to be mainly Inuit traditional stuff, Inuit history,” said Saunders, a Nunavik Sivunitsavut
Paasa Lemire is also part of the program hoping it’s a bridge to attaining her goals of being a lawyer.
After graduating high school, Lemire went to college for a year before leaving and moving back home.
“After this program I have been thinking to go back to John Abbot and try that out and see how it goes because I want to continue my education,” she said.