Monday, 27 April 2015

Turtle Lodge

We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to take 30 teachers and educational assistants with us to Turtle Lodge for a wonderful day of learning!  
Turtle Lodge is located on Sagkeeng First Nation, roughly an hour north-east of Winnipeg, and is led by well-known and highly respected Elder Dave Courchene Jr.
We spent the day listening to Elder Courchene, learning about the Seven Teachings, and taking part in a smudging and pipe ceremony.  It was an amazing day full of inspiration and contemplation. 
If you'd like to learn more about Turtle Lodge, visit their website here:
The Turtle Lodge 

Here's a link to a video with Elder Courchene talking about the Seven Teachings:
The Seven Teachings - Elder Dave Courchene Jr.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Drum Making at John Taylor

On Thursday April 23rd, some students at John Taylor were fortunate to learn how to make hand drums with Elder Stanley Kipling. Building (or birthing, as some people say) a drum is a very special experience, and it's not as easy as you may think! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon; a big thank you to Elder Kipling for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with our students!

Friday, 17 April 2015

TAG Day at University of Manitoba

To celebrate the end of another wonderful year with Rec and Read, the University of Manitoba invited students from John Taylor Collegiate to participate in TAG Day!
TAG means Traditional Aboriginal Games, which were led by university mentors, and derived from the teachings of Blair Robillard.  It was a fun-filled day with great food from Neechi Commons, and a tour of the university campus.