On Friday, May 11th, students of the Cree Language program at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School participated in a “Learning on the Land” cultural day hosted by the Misiway Milopemahtisewin Community Health Centre. The day's focus was Indigenous ways of knowing. The day included: Jingle Dress and Pow Wow teachings with Abby Davey, Sweat Lodge & Traditional Medicine Teachings with Doug Davey and Gary Martin, Traditional cooking in the teepee with Rose Rodrique and Moose Hide cleaning with our Cree Teacher, Mrs. Davey.
Throughout the day, there were conversations with the students in regards to healing, connecting with the land and decreasing anxiety. Students were connecting with culture, Mother Earth, the Cree Language, and each other. This resulted in feelings of happiness, positive vibes, and a sense of identity. Students also had a chance to eat Moose meat stew, bannock on a stick and sagabon goose.
Chi-Meegwetch to the Children & Youth Mental Health Program and the Traditional Healing Program at Misiway Milopemahtisewin Health Centre for making this day possible for our students.