Thursday, 18 December 2014

Linwood's Talking Circle

Linwood's Talking Circle has been learning about the one who delivers the Seven Virtues, the Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe. 
The Life Giver (keesis) is the Sun. Without the Sun, there would be no life.  
Neeba-keesis  is the Sleeping Sun (the Moon). Keesis is the male, and Neeba-keesis is female. 
This beautiful artwork is the students' interpretation of who Keesis is, and why we have the Seven Virtues.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Holiday Show!

If you're looking for an entertaining show for the holidays, this would be a fabulous option!
Friday, December 19th at 7 pm, the Aboriginal School of Dance is performing at Thunderbird House.
The Aboriginal School of Dance is a well known Manitoba dance school that not only teaches traditional pow wow dance, but also contemporary, hip hop, and Capoeira dance as well. They put on a great show! A number of St. James - Assiniboia School Division schools have taken part in their dance residencies, where their instructors take over physical education classes. 
Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors/students/youth.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

5th Annual Aboriginal Holiday Feast!

Sixty students from George Waters and St. James Collegiate gathered on Wednesday, December 10th to participate in a soapstone carving workshop led by Michael ManyEagles. A taco feast followed with yummy bannock from Neechi Commons! It was a great way to spend some time together! 
Submitted by Lauree Kopetsky

Monday, 8 December 2014

Strathmillan Staff Welcomes Elder Jules Lavallee

Strathmillan School staff welcomed Elder Jules Lavallee on the afternoon of Friday, December 5th!
Elder Lavallee is a highly respected voice in the Indigenous community, both in his role as a traditional healer and teacher, and in his role as Elder in Residence at Red River Community College.
Strathmillan invited him in to give their staff some background knowledge on the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishinaabe.  While it's important to note that traditionally people receive this knowledge through years of ceremony and sitting with Elders, this was a fantastic first step towards understanding. Strathmillan is really looking forward to continuing this conversation with Elder Lavallee, and bringing this knowledge to their classrooms!

Monday, 1 December 2014

St. James Collegiate - Sisters in Spirit Action Group

A group of 15 or so "committed to build awareness and make change" students from St. James Collegiate have started a Sisters in Spirit Action Group. Their goal is to gather monthly to learn more about and build awareness around the issue of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada. Male students are welcome to attend to be part of the learning.  
The International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women was on November 25th, and we included the following activities:  smudging, poems read by two of the students, and the release of red, yellow, black, and white balloons that included messages of commemoration of women that are no longer with us, as well as messages of hope for the end of violence against women.  
It is an honour to work with such an amazing group of young people.   
Submitted by Ms. Gluska and Ms.Kopetsky