Thursday, 20 November 2014

Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival

Some students from John Taylor Collegiate and St. James Collegiate were fortunate to attend the Youth Education Day of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival yesterday!
Senior Years students from across the city were in attendance!
It was held at the Bandwidth Theatre (formerly the Ellice Theatre), and was organized by actor Adam Beach, and WAFF director Coleen Rajotte.
The day began with a drum song and a prayer, and actor Jeremiah Bitsui told students his personal story of how he got into the film industry!
It was a fantastic day for students!
For more information, check out these links:

Jeremiah Bitsui (of  'Breaking Bad' fame!) with students
Talking with actor Ryan Black!
Yum! Lunch was bison chili and bannock!

Friday, 7 November 2014

We Remember...

Sgt. Tommy Prince
This week there has been a lot going on in our schools across the division 
to learn about and honour our veterans.
Remembrance Day is on Tuesday, November 11th.
It's also important to note the role Indigenous people played in Canada's military past.  
Many well-known Canadian war heroes were Indigenous, including Sgt. Tommy Prince, and 
Cpl. Francis Pegahmagabow. Some of Canada's most famous and deadliest snipers were Indigenous! Cpl. Pegahmagabow alone has been credited with 378 kills in World War I.
It's also important to note, that in order to even enlist in the Canadian army, First Nations people were forced by the government to give up their Indian Status. 
If you'd like further information, here are links to some great resouces!

Winnipeg Free Press - The Timber Wolves of War

Cpl. Francis Pegahmegabow