Thursday, 25 June 2015

The End!

It's hard to believe that it's the end of the school year already!
What a wonderful year we have had!
Let's end it on an uplifting note - here's a video called 'I Will' that we created with the help of some of our Indigenous students in the division. Big thanks go out to the schools that supported this project, the students who found the courage to participate and share their dreams, and to music group A Tribe Called Red for giving us permission to use their song!

Have a safe & restful summer break!
Read the TRC report for homework!

Birthing Drums at Heritage

Heritage School was fortunate to be able to bring in Elder Stanley Kipling to make drums with some students.  Elder Kipling has a vast wealth of knowledge, including how to make (or birth, as some people say) drums.  A group of grade four students came in to work with him, listen to the teachings around the drum, and how we appreciate how the animal gave up its life for the drum. The students were taught how to make the drum, step by step, which resulted in five beautiful drums being created for the school to use.  The drums will dry over the summer, and in September 2015, when the students return as grade fives, they will paint them, and feast them.  
The experience was wonderful, with the students leaving at the end of the workshop being very proud of what they created! Miigwetch to Elder Kipling for teaching us! It was a great morning!

Learning how to lace and tie the elk hide to the frame

Elder Kipling helps to tighten!

The final product! 

Celebrating Aboriginal Day at Brooklands!

Aboriginal Day is held every year on June 21st, the summer solstice. This year it fell on a Sunday, so Brooklands decided to celebrate the day after! The entire school attended an assembly in the afternoon that featured an Aboriginal School of Dance performance, singing and drumming with Walking Wolf, and a performance of the Bear Song by the three grade 1/2 classrooms who had learned and practiced the song. An evening BBQ with the school community also included a return of Walking Wolf, along with an amazing hoop dancer, Shanley Spence! (and an attempt to hoop dance by principal Mr. Ferguson-Baird!) What a great way to celebrate the culture and contributions of Indigenous people to Canada!
Aboriginal School of Dance

 Walking Wolf

Shanley Spence and her amazing gift!

Mr. Ferguson-Baird tries it out!

Chief Justice Murray Sinclair comes to Bruce!

Bruce Middle School had an amazing opportunity on Wednesday, June 17th!
Chief Justice Murray Sinclair, the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, came to Bruce to talk to staff and students about the final summary that was recently released by the TRC.  He spoke about what he learned through this six year process, the stories that he was told, and the things that Canada needs to do to begin the reconciliation process. It was a memorable afternoon with a lot of important teachings and messages. Miigwetch to Chief Justice Sinclair, and to Bruce for inviting our team to attend!

The TRC Report

Friday, 5 June 2015

Heart Gardens and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

June 2nd was a big day for Canada.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released their report to the country on Tuesday. To show our support for the survivors and for the report, nine grade 4 and 5 classrooms in our school division (in four different schools) joined in the TRC Heart Garden project. They created gardens in front of their schools made entirely out of hearts, with messages of hope and support. What a powerful activity. Thank you so much to the students, educators, and administrators for jumping on board!

Crestview School

 Stevenson-Britannia School

Brooklands School

Heritage School

Wednesday, 3 June 2015


A huge congratulations goes out to Mrs. Kopetsky and the 'Sisters in Spirit' group at St. James Collegiate. Their amazing group was awarded the City of Winnipeg's Citizen and Equity Award for the Wade “Kojo” Williams Jr. Award for Action Against Racism and Discrimination.  
The group's focus this year has been on building awareness and support for the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada.  Huge congratulations also goes to Brandon Eastman for taking home the Youth Role Model Award!
Well done! We are very proud of all your hard work!