October 17, 2017—It started as a request from a student to paint a mural at Moira Secondary School  and evolved to the vision of school staff recognizing the deep cultural backgrounds of the school community.
In the written proposal, the student conveyed that an Indigenous mural would bring excitement to the school community and show school spirit.
The colourful, new mural certainly accomplished that at Moira Secondary School!
A celebration on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 was the culmination of six months of learning and work on the project tetewatate:ken: we are connected as one. The celebration involved a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new mural ; unveiling two plaques (one written in English, one written in Mohawk) commemorating the lands on which the school is located; and the annual Harvest Festival, which is an autumn Mohawk tradition to celebrate bringing in the crops.
Students and staff participated in various experiential trips as part of this Ministry of Education-funded project. They travelled to areas of local indigenous interest to learn about the culture and history of Indigenous education. One excursion was to the Kanhiote library on the Tyendinaga territory. While there they met with Amy Cowie, research assistant for the Mohawks Bay of Quinte.
Students were actively involved in designing and painting the mural with artist Maureen Walton. Four students were influential members of our initiative committee and more than forty painted the mural under Walton’s coaching.
The mural creation was documented through augmented reality interactive technology, which provided students with another learning opportunity.
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