Today was the day we all arrived at our SHAD host campus, Lakehead University! Everyone met each other for the first time and got to know each other while partaking in a scavenger hunt. One of our main events involved being in the company of an aboriginal couple. They informed us about their culture, their daily life, and their struggles. At one point, they told us that love cannot exist without pain. I was mesmerized to find so much joy and love in the hearts of people who have been through so much pain themselves. They also informed us of many different rituals of theirs such as birthing rituals. After this, we participated in some fun outdoor activities and proceeded to enter the banquet hall. At the banquet hall, we each described our home provinces and celebrated Canada Day with cake and laughter. This is already an amazing experience and I am sure it is only going to get better! The journey is just beginning!