Thursday, 25 September 2014

Divisional Youth Forum

Our department was invited to attend the 8th annual Youth Forum in St. James - Assiniboia School Division!
Every year student and staff representatives from every school join together to learn about different issues in social justice. They examine a wide variety of causes, both local and international, and brainstorm ways that they can help! It was a very inspiring day, and we were honoured to be a part of it!
Our future is in very good hands!

Muuxi Adam, from HumanKind International, talking about the challenges of educating children
inside a refugee camp.

Kevin Lamoureux challenging our youth to use their choice and voice to be world changers!

Don Thiessen from CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) discussing their role in protecting our waterways and boreal forests, and working in partnership with local Indigenous groups.

Students taking part in the 'potato challenge', an exercise in confronting stereotypes.

'Mission to Mexico', a group of students from Westwood 
who are working to help build a library in Peurto Vallarta.

Ace Burpee inspiring students!

'Labels' - how do they affect how we treat one another?

Schools had a chance to meet in family groups to organize their action plans 
for the school year!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Manito Ahbee!

Our team was extremely fortunate to spend the day at the Manito Ahbee Education Day with students from John Taylor Collegiate! 
Every year the Indigenous music and cultural festival is held in Winnipeg, with everything from a massive powwow, to the education day, to the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. 
The education day is a fantastic event, with interactive workshops organized for students.  They get to experience a wide variety of activities, such as Metis jigging, Inuit throat singing, powwow dancing, drum making, and even Indigenous comedy! We had a lot of laughs (have you ever attempted to throat sing?!) and a great time learning along with the students!
Thanks for the invitation Ms. James!
The students had a chance to talk to reps from post-secondary institutions
Learning how to do the Red River Jig!
Don Amero talking about how to get into the music business
"My someday is..."
Don Burnstick entertaining the crowd during lunch!

Throat singer Nikki blew us away!!