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PWPSD schools celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 18, 2019

Grande Prairie, AB – National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 celebrations at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) kicked off early on June 12 when Rycroft School welcomed Devin Bellerose, a First Nations Cultural Facilitator from the Driftpile Cree Nation. Mr. Bellerose taught students about traditional drumming and dance. The school will welcome him back in the fall for sessions focusing on identity. A number of PWPSD schools will celebrate on the official day – Friday, June 21 – or on an alternate day to accommodate exam schedules.


SchoolDate Event Plans
Beaverlodge Elementary SchoolThursday afternoon, June 20
Students will learn and play traditional hand games outside, and try beef jerky donated by the Beaverlodge Butcher Shop.
Bezanson SchoolThursday, June 20Teachers will lead classroom-based celebrations. Students will participate in special games and projects.
Clairmont Community SchoolWednesday, June 19The Bluebird Dancers and student traditional dancers performed during the school's tenth anniversary celebration and Fine Arts Night on June 6, and will return to celebrate National Indigenous People's Day on Wednesday, June 19 with a second performance for the whole school.
Harry Balfour SchoolFriday, June 21Students and staff will enjoy a day filled with opportunities to learn about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit People, including a Métis jigging performance. School family groups will make totem poles and enjoy bannock, stories, and traditional games played indoors and outside. Various Indigenous groups will sing the national anthem each morning this week.
Hythe Regional SchoolThursday, June 20Students will enjoy a stew and bannock lunch, participate in a variety of traditional Indigenous games, and cap off the day with a round dance.
Penson SchoolWednesday, June 26Students will rotate through four stations: story circle, craft-talking sticks, mask story and mask making, and making paper totem poles. There will be outdoor games, weather permitting, and students will make bannock to enjoy at the end of the day.
Ridgevalley School

Friday morning,

June 21

Students will attend a cultural presentation by an elder from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, followed by an aboriginal dance performance. The community is invited to a barbecue lunch of bannock dogs and hamburgers, with bannock and jam for dessert.
Robert W. Zahara Public SchoolFriday, June 21Indigenous games, dancers and activities will be blended with the school's Sports Day, weather permitting.
Spirit River Regional AcademyFriday, June 21Grades 1-6 students will participate in a variety of games and activities at Moonshine Lake.
Wembley Elementary SchoolThursday, June 20Students will participate in a variety of games and activities.
Whispering Ridge Community SchoolTuesday afternoon, June 18Performance by the Red Feather Métis Dance Group, along with Indigenous games, dances, stories, bannock and jam, craft making, and a round dance during the closing assembly.

 

Photos: National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 celebrations at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) kicked off early on June 12 when Rycroft School welcomed Devin Bellerose, a First Nations Cultural Facilitator from the Driftpile Cree Nation.

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