Aboriginal culture, racism, bullying, storytelling are themes in “Spirit Horse” play

Aboriginal culture, racism, bullying, storytelling are themes in “Spirit Horse” play

Students in Grades 5 - 8 at five elementary schools will see the award-winning theatre production Spirit Horse this week.

A world-class theatre experience, Spirit Horse is a play about two First Nations youth who are caught between two worlds-the traditional ways and the modern ways of the city. They are given new hope by a Spirit Horse that rides into their lives.

The play has proven to be a powerful learning experience about stereotyping and racism, one that offers an important message of hope for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

Performances at schools

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015: York River Public School, Bancroft, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15 2015: Prince Charles School, Belleville, 9:40 - 10:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015: Quinte Mohawk School, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, with student guests from Deseronto Public School, 1:35 - 2:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2015: Tyendinaga Public School, Shannonville, 9:45 - 10:50 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2015: Frankford Public School, Frankford, 1:45 - 2:50 p.m.

Spirit Horse links to student learning in the following ways:

  • Curriculum connections in Social Studies, Drama, Language Arts, Music
  • Character education connections for perseverance, fairness, teamwork
  • Themes: Aboriginal culture, racism, bullying, storytelling

Spirit Horse is a First Nations adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor (from the Irish play Tir Na N'Og by Greg Banks).

The 2015 tour of Spirit Horse is sponsored by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) with funding from the Ministry of Education and will be touring Southern Ontario Schools which have been nominated and selected by ETFO and the local Director of Education.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]