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Celebration of Indigenous Peoples
Longue Sault Public School Hosts Cornwall Island Students for Celebration of Indigenous Peoples
Posted on 05/01/2018
Longue Sault Public School students created Medicine Bags

May 1, 2018 (Long Sault, ON) - Longue Sault Public School (LSPS) recently invited students from the Akwesasne Mohawk School (AMS) to enjoy a Celebration of Indigenous Peoples.

The celebration was held on April 5 and 6. Students from AMS were invited on the first day to enjoy Indigenous cultural activities with LSPS students as part of an Upper Canada District School Board initiative to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “Calls to Action.”

Students enjoyed traditional Indigenous games, learned about the legend of the Three Sisters, discovered Indigenous spirituality practices, and enjoyed a lacrosse demonstration.

“It was an opportunity for our students to gain a deeper understanding of the culture of our neighbours on Cornwall Island, to make new friends, and build the sense of overall understanding and fellowship envisioned by the TRC,” said Principal Kieran Kennedy. “It was also a lot of fun.”

Activities included: 

  • Indigenous Games Workshop: Grades 1 and 2 students learned how to play Indigenous games such as Kneel Jump and Race and Scream, and the history behind them. 
  • Wampum Belt Workshop: Grade 3 students learned about traditional wampum belts, and their significance with respect to peace treaties between different First Nations communities. They created their own wampum belts representing something of personal significance. 
  • First Nations Culture and Spiritual Practices: Grade 4 students listened to various stories about First Nations culture and spirituality practices. The Medicine Bag story was explained to the students and they learned how various medicine pouches are made. 
  • The Legend of the Three Sisters: A self-identified First Nations family shared the legend of “The Three Sisters” with Grade 2 and 3 students. Students used the words of the legend to help create a visual representation of the oral word. The classes also used the “Three Sisters” (corn, beans, squash) as tools to paint and create a book of the legend. 
  • Dreamcatcher Workshop: The Grade 5 class demonstrated an awareness of ways in which visual arts reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of peoples and of people in different times and places. They demonstrated the Ojibwe tradition of making Dreamcatchers by making their own. 

On April 6, two Elders visited the school to help the LSPS students make their own Medicine Bag. They shared many stories and legends about their rich culture and heritage.  Students came to understand the many influences Indigenous culture has had on their lives.

For more information, please call:

Kieran Kennedy
Longue Sault Public School
(613) 534-2415

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