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MNO Summer Youth Cultural Leader Eleni Pappas(left) leading a?M¨¦tis games activity during the twoday?M¨¦tis workshop at St. Christopher CatholicSchool. Click here for larger picture.
On June 7, 2017, The M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Summer Youth Cultural Program (SYCP) staff and local MNO citizens of the MNO Oshawa and Durham Region M¨¦tis Council (ODRMC) were invited to St. Christopher Catholic School to educate students about M¨¦tis culture and heritage during a two-day event.
Wanting to educate and honour Indigenous Culture, the Principal Mrs.Bartlett and organizing committee invited MNO staff and citizens to educate students about M¨¦tis culture and heritage. The educational event was held at the Camp Samac location just North of Oshawa where the students could learn while enjoying the outdoors surrounded by forests and nature.?
During the two day event the MNO SYCP Facilitators led by Eleni Pappas, gave their time to educate students about M¨¦tis culture through traditional voyageur games, jigging and dot art workshops. Students had fun learning the jigging steps and proudly showed off their dot art skills while also being educated about who the M¨¦tis people are.
MNO Senator Cecile Wagar and M¨¦tis drummers from the MNO ODRMC gave their time to teach students drumming techniques. Senator Wager welcomed students and MNO citizens Kathy Bazley and Christine Bazley educated students on different M¨¦tis artifacts through a fascinating hands-on display that included furs, feathers, M¨¦tis flag, M¨¦tis sash and other items. This hands-on approach of learning helped the students gain more of an understanding of M¨¦tis culture and heritage.
To ensure that students experienced each M¨¦tis workshop, they were divided into small groups and rotated through the different stations set up by the MNO SYCP leaders. These groups of students were sectioned throughout the outdoor camp grounds, while the drumming group was inside a historic log cabin on the Camp Samac grounds.? School volunteers also led an outdoor scavenger hunt, fire pit and in building a shelter in the forest.
St. Christopher Catholic School staff and students had a fun and successful learning experience thanks to the MNO and the MNO SYCP.
Posted: September 14, 2017See ALL news articles