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PWSD schools celebrate National Aboriginal Day

June 19, 2017

A number of Peace Wapiti Public Schools will celebrate National Aboriginal Day (NAD) on Wednesday, June 21.

Hythe Regional School:
The event will begin in the gym at 9:00 a.m. with an opening prayer by Elder Peter Joachim, followed by a dance troupe performance led by Marlene Letendre. Throughout the day, elementary students will participate in a rotation of in-class presentations. Junior high students may participate as scheduling permits. All students will reconvene in the gym at 2:00 p.m. for a performance by the Traditional Blue Bird Dancers, followed by a school-wide round dance to close the event at 3:00 p.m.

TimeHythe Regional School elementary in-class presentations
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Janice Hamelin: Hand games; Peter Joachim: Traditional teaching
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Recess and snack
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Marge Mueller: Métis presentation
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Bannock on a stick
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Lunch for all students
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Edward Ferguson: Storytelling
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Shirley Boomer: Inuit craft
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Mhairi Elliot: Crafts, key chains, necklaces, bracelets.

Bezanson and Ridgevalley Schools: Daniel Goodswimmer will perform traditional and contemporary Métis jigging and dancing and discuss the traditional teachings of the dance steps and stories. Students will receive jigging and dancing lessons. Mr. Goodswimmer will present at Ridgevalley School at 9:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m., followed by Bezanson School at 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Teepee Creek School: The school will host a combined NAD celebration and annual Learning Fair event. The event will kick off at 9:15 a.m. with the release of an alphabet book on the local historic village, Sorkenville, written and illustrated by Grades 4-6 students as a project for Canada 150. The official NAD celebration will follow with The Tansi Song, performed by pre-Kindergarten and Grades 1-3 classes; recognition of the school's placement on Treaty 8 land; and traditional Aboriginal games, including Tossing the Ball, Double Ball, Shinny, and Wrestling.  

Penson School: Grades 6-8 students will participate in a Blanket Exercise. Grades 1-5 will choose from sessions on building a dream catcher, storytelling, teepee making, Dene drumming, and hand games. Younger children will explore other crafts at a separate station. A snack of bannock will be prepared and served during the morning. The event will close with a school-wide round dance.

UPCOMING EVENT – Recognition of high school graduates: On Sunday, June 25, Darrell Willier, First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Education Coordinator at PWSD, will recognize graduates during the National Aboriginal Day ceremony at Muskoseepi Park. Graduates from the three local school divisions are invited to attend the recognition ceremony.

To learn more about National Aboriginal Day, visit www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca.

Photo: Students work on crafts during National Aboriginal Day 2016 at Hythe Regional School. This year's event will also include hand games, traditional teaching, storytelling, bannock on a stick, performances by dance troupes, and a school-wide round dance.