HALFWAY RIVER, BC ? Billy Fox was a faithful student at Northern Lights College Learning Centre on the Halfway River First Nation. He was also an elder who believed education was the ticket to a better future. Billy Fox died suddenly on Christmas Day 2004.
On February 16th, students and staff of the Learning Centre held a ceremony to dedicate the newly renovated library to the memory of Billy Fox.
Evelyn Hunter, Debbie Metecheah and Elvis Metecheah, all students in the College Adult Basic Education program, and their instructor, Jess Hunt, hosted a luncheon for community elders, family, friends and visitors from around the region. The students received the help of many cooks from the community to serve a worthy feast of stews and soups, and bannock made by Bella Fox and Maisie Metecheah.
Many community elders participated in the occasion. Elder Maisie Metecheah made opening and closing prayers and Elders Marianne Field and Charlie Butler cut the ribbon to officially open the centre. Chief Rosyln Pokiak welcomed students and teachers from the Upper Halfway School and other visitors including Chief Allan Apsassin, Saulteau First Nation; Marjo Wheat, assistant principal, Northern Lights College Fort St John campus; Diane Bigfoot, Treaty 8 education coordinator; and Barb Taylor, aboriginal student coordinator, Northern Lights College, Fort St John, and her husband Ed.