This CBC News report from Waubgeshig Rice introduces an Ottawa school that is finding out that flexibility and culture are crucial to turning out graduates. Vanessa Snowboy is one of 35 students enrolled at Ottawa’s Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School, run out of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. She speaks Cree freely with other classmates who are also originally from the eastern James Bay region of Quebec. She’s also learned how to bead, sew and make hand drums, all the while earning high school credits in hopes of graduating within the next two years. Like many of the other First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in the program, Snowboy was struggling at a conventional high school, when a guidance counsellor suggested she try this unique classroom setting.