Organizers of a Northlands College conference are hoping to inspire students with several northern Saskatchewan success stories.

The second annual Vibrant Roots Conference is set to kick off on Wednesday afternoon and will run into Thursday. It will be taking place at the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre.

Organizer Jordyn Burnouf says it’s important for students to see the success stories in their own backyards.

“I think it is important for us to remember there are heroes in our own backyards,” said Burnouf. “There are heroes all around us that we sometimes tend to overlook.”

The two-day event will feature sessions on several traditional and cultural practices, presentations from past students, as well as concerts from Aboriginal artists.

“We really tried to put emphasis on those successes and really push the idea that big or small your goals are attainable and important,” said Burnouf.

While the sessions are only available to students, Burnouf says anyone from the community is invited to come check out the event.

Over 300 Northlands College students are expected to take part in what organizers hope will become an annual event.

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