On Tuesday, May 31, students from Erin McFaul’s Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class organized and hosted an Aboriginal Awareness Day for all Grade 9 and 10 students.
Pictured: Students from Ms. McFaul’s Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class who helped to organize Aboriginal Awareness Day.
A variety of guest speakers offered workshops throughout the day which included:
- Mohawk Traditions and Culture
- The Impact of Residential Schools
- Medicine Wheel Teachings
- Lacrosse Skills
- Traditional Drumming and Dancing
- Traditional Medicines
- Land Claims and History of Tyendinaga
Students also participated in a workshop called "Did You Know," featuring the their course culminating activities which focused on current issues facing Aboriginal Peoples that the students felt that the whole school should be aware of.
The purpose of this day was to encourage students to become more aware of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, especially the people from their neighbouring community of Tyendinaga. In addition to the workshops, students were able to taste traditional foods, which were prepared by the Venture Grade 9 students, as well as enjoy the artwork of the Grade 9 Aboriginal Art classes.
All workshops were well attended and students had lots of fun. It was a day of positive experiences which promoted awareness of Aboriginal cultures while showing the importance of positive community relationships. The day was a great success and is an event that Ms. McFaul hopes they can offer again next year!
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, firstname.lastname@example.org