Grade 6 and 7 students at JC Erhardt School in Makkovik have graduated from the 10-week RCMP program called Aboriginal Shield.
The program teaches youth about the harmful effects of substance abuse while introducing positive alternatives.
The program also teaches aboriginal youth about their culture, states the RCMP news release.
The graduation in Makkovik was held in true Labrador fashion. Community Constable Barry Andersen, facilitator for the program said, "after the certificate presentations at the school with the homeroom teacher and principal in attendance we went outdoors to Ranger Bight for a boil up and some fun games. The students played soccer and Frisbee. They made a fire and had hot dogs, marsh mellows and hot chocolate. They had a great fun time."
Aboriginal Shield is designed to be taught by members of the community who are trained to deliver the program. There are currently five trained facilitators in four Nunatsiavut communities in Labrador delivering the program to youth.