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iLead Days

Indigenous Leadership (iLead) Days

Indigenous students who are leaders in their school, their allies, and teachers of Native Studies courses meet four times per year. Dr. Sean Lessard, Jaime Koebel, Daniel Richer and Patrick Cheechoo have been keynote speakers this year.

Dr. Lessard told the story of the Red Worn Runners and empowered our students to be leaders.

Dr. Sean Lessard

Koebel taught the students about Métis culture and shared her fish scale, cariboo hair, beading and birch bark biting artworks. 

The students have learned about Métis Finger Weaving, and have made some finger weaving bracelets.

Jaime Koebel

Motivational speaker Richer shared traditional Indigenous stories with students and held a day-long workshop in which students built traditional Indigenous talking sticks, used in sharing circles to define who is speaking.

Daniel Richer

Cheechoo explained how he incorporates Indigenous teachings into his art work such as The Seven Grandfather teachings. Through humour and storytelling, he engaged students in traditional knowledge, including stories about his childhood, family and culture while instructing a group painting session. Each student created their own painting of a loon that they could frame and take home. 

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