Turning Our Dreams into Actions | Duncan McCue ’88 Addresses LCS Students
At LCS, we’re lucky to have such a diverse network of alumni who work in different fields and pursue different paths in life. Sometimes, we’re fortunate that their path brings them back to The Grove to share their journey with our students. On Friday, October 13, we were honoured to host Duncan McCue ’88 in our All Community Chapel.
Duncan, the 2023 Jack Matthews Fellow, is a respected Professor of Indigenous Journalism and (Story)telling at Carleton University. With a notable career as a CBC radio host and TV news correspondent, he authored significant works like "Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities" and "The Shoe Boy," sharing his experiences with a Cree family in Northern Québec. Proudly Anishinaabe, Duncan hails from the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario.
During his address, Duncan shared the Seven Grandfather teachings with our students—“a set of Anishinaabe guiding principles passed down from generation to generation to guide the Anishinaabe in living a good life in peace and without conflict” (7generations.org). His message illustrated the power of dreams turned into action and provided inspiration for our students to pursue their own aspirations.
In sharing these teachings, Duncan not only underscored the importance of leading a life rooted in peace and harmony but also illuminated the transformative potential within each of us. His narrative emphasized that dreams, when coupled with determination and action, can bring about remarkable change. Duncan illuminated a path toward fulfillment and purpose, inspiring our students to explore their passions, follow their dreams, and contribute meaningfully to the world around them.
Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.