Northern Studies Student Visits Ottawa

Last fall, Diana Rockwell participated in the mandatory class at Sir John called Northern Studies. As an end project to one of the units, she wrote a song about residential schools, called Home. Mr. Shawn Doherty, one of our former Northern Studies teachers, suggested she enter it into a national arts competition, done through the University of Manitoba, called Imagine a Canada. She was selected to be the recipient from the Northwest Territories and travelled to Ottawa at the end of June to be presented with an award by the Governor General. It was an amazing experience and one she won’t be forgetting for a long time. She would like to encourage future Northern Studies students to enter the same competition, as it is an experience that is new, educational, eye-opening and fun. 

Home 
Lyrics written by Diana Rockwell

On my own at last 
Nowhere to turn don't look back 
The one thing on my mind 
No, look ahead, not behind 

They can push, they can pull 
But I won't fall
I won't budge, I won't break until I finally make it home 
Home 

Sunlight glints off the trees 
So removed from my realities 
Pray, obey, don't make a sound 
Lose my voice, watch my friends become a mound 

They can push, they can pull 
But I won't fall
I won't budge, I won't break until I finally make it home 
Home 

You know what I learned those years in that school? 
How to fight and how to be cruel 
If I could tell you something that’d last
I'd say child, remember your past 

Because 

They can push, they can pull
But you won't fall
You won't budge,
you won't break until you finally make you can fight, you can win forget if it's called a sin you won't stop, you won't wait until you finally make it home home home home 
Oh look, there's home.