Last Friday all schools in the school district honoured the Aboriginal culture by celebrating the Day of Sucwentwecw.
Leading up to the day all of the students made their own talking sticks. They are used in many Indigenous cultures and are communication tools that are used during gatherings. The person holding the stick, and only that person, is designated as having the right to speak and all others must listen quietly and respectfully. Talking sticks are most frequently used in council circles, ceremonies and at the beginning of cultural events such as potlatches and in storytelling circles. We used a variety of materials to decorate our sticks.
The focus of this day was on “Reconciliation”. We read a First Nations a story about an elder couple who, with the help of animals and nature, look to find a way to remember their culture in the past. We talked a lot about nature and things found in nature. We created a list of “Symbols of Nature” – in the sky, on the land, and animals. With our Big Buddies we made teepees out of paper bags and used some of these symbols to decorate them.
I'm Mrs. MacDonald. Welcome to a window into our kindergarten classroom. My goal of this blog is to give you an opportunity to see some of the things that we are doing at school. Enjoy!