A small First Nations village that once housed a residential school is getting ready to graduate its first Grade 12 class.
There will be nine potential graduates from the Coast Tsimshian Academy, in the isolated northwestern B.C. village of Lax Kw’alaams, this June.
To celebrate the milestone, the Grade 12 class is raising funds to go on an unforgettable grad trip to see what Canada has to offer.
But for right now, students like Steve Reece say they’re excited to have the opportunity to graduate at home.
“It means everything to me,” he said.
“I get to get my education so I can move forward in my future and try to help my community,” he said.
Reece is 19 years old and has lived in Lax  Kw’alaams his whole life. The village, just north of Prince Rupert, B.C. is home to just over 700 people and is surrounded by beautiful scenery of the Pacific coast.
Reece and his partner Nikita Wesley have a three-year-old daughter …