Maynooth PS students learn Indigenous history, learn drumming
October 31, 2017—Students at Maynooth Public School care about their community.
They celebrated that every child matters on September 28, 2017 in partnership with the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation.
The students role played what it might have been like to be in a residential school and specifically feeling segregated. Elder Ada and three other drummers spoke with students about about the importance of community, of looking at the whole and of connecting with earth.
During a drumming circle that followed, the drummers reminded the students about the etiquette of handling drums and shakers, and the importance of paying attention to the lead drummer to ensure that the music stays in sync. Each student had a turn playing an instrument along with a drummer.
“This was a very impactful experience for both staff and students,” said Lisa Resmer, Principal. “We are so lucky to have a continued presence in our school with Ada Elder and a strong connection with Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation. Their drumming of the heartbeat of Mother Earth brings us all to one common place where every child matters,” she added.
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