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Japanese students visit FNUC

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REGINA (SNN) — First Nations University of Canada played host to around 40 Japanese high school students participat­ing in an exchange program on Wednesday.

FNUC was one stop the grade 10 to 12 students from Yamate Gakuin High School in Yokohama will be making throughout Regina during their two-week stay, which began Saturday.

“I wanted the children to have some exposure to the aboriginal way of life (and) to receive some understand­ing of traditiona­l culture,” said Melissa Brandt, organizer of the event and a parent of a Regina exchange student.

During their visit to FNUC, the students toured the institutio­n, made traditiona­l bead necklaces, learned about First Nations foods and watched dance performanc­es.

Miki Horikawa and Taro Kuroda, both 16, said they liked the clothing the dancers wore, especially the colours, and enjoyed making the necklaces. “(It’s such a) difference than Japan,” said Horikawa. “I don’t make a necklace in Japan like that,” said Kuroda. “It is the first time for me, so it is a special experience in Canada.”

 ?? —L-P Photos by Don Healy ?? Todd Papequash (above) and SincereTot­o perform traditiona­l Native dances at the First Nations University of CanadaWedn­esday for a group of Japanese exchange students
—L-P Photos by Don Healy Todd Papequash (above) and SincereTot­o perform traditiona­l Native dances at the First Nations University of CanadaWedn­esday for a group of Japanese exchange students
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