May 12, 2016

Québec, May 12, 2016 – The First Nations Education Council (FNEC) and BMO Bank of Montreal are pleased to announce the official opening of the 9th edition of the FNEC Inter-school Games. For the third year in a row, the Games are being held at Laval University’s sports complex–Pavillon de l’éducation physique et des sports (PEPS) from May 11 to 15, 2016. Close to 550 youths, between the ages of 10 and 18, from 19 First Nations schools across Quebec, gather together for five days in a single location with their coaches and chaperones to take part in this major sporting event that also includes social and awareness activities.

The FNEC Inter-school Games have three primary objectives: encourage students to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, improve student retention and support academic success. The FNEC team is thrilled by the event’s popularity and the sense of pride it instills among students. Since the Games began in 2008, the FNEC has noted that schools are increasingly taking advantage of the enthusiasm this friendly competition generates to introduce a variety of incentives for students. This year-end gathering has become both a reward for students and a concrete measure to promote persistence in school.

On Saturday, May 14th, we have the honour of welcoming Caroline Calvé, Olympic athlete and the first female Canadian alpine snowboarder to win a World Cup, who will be presenting the track and field winners with their medals.

The complete program of events is available at www.inter-schoolgames.com.

The 9th edition of the FNEC Inter-school Games is made possible through the participation of dedicated school staff members and numerous volunteers, the financial support of their main partner, BMO Bank of Montreal, and the generosity of several sponsors including:

About the FNEC

For 30 years, the FNEC has been working to fulfill the right of First Nations to have complete authority over their education through the implementation of an education system that has adequate resources, and that is developed and managed according to First Nations values and cultures. Further information is available at www.cepn-fnec.com.

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Source: Thanissa Lainé Information: Orania Gros-Louis

First Nations Education Council First Nations Education Council

418-842-7672 418-952-7276

tlaine@cepn-fnec.com ogroslouis@cepn-fnec.com