Holy Angels Catholic School visits Fort William Historical Park

Holy Angels Catholic School visits Fort William Historical Park

Gr. 5-8 students from Holy Angels Catholic School were transported back to the 1800’s to live as voyageurs in an overnight excursion at Fort William Historical Park on June 11-12, 2019.

Students engaged in a variety of learning opportunities beginning with a Wigwam visit which taught the students about Indigenous foods, shelter, hunting, land-based teachings and medicines.

students in wigwam at Fort William Historical Park

The students prepared and ate a traditional treat of popped wild rice.

student making popped wild rice over fire
Andrew making popped wild rice over an open fire.

The next stop was Artisan Workshops - Blacksmith, Tinsmith, Canoe Shed, Bell House. Once students selected their workshop they forged a nail, tinkered a nutmeg grater, created a birch bark basket, or sewed a medicine bag. Each student was able to bring home their craft.

students learning how to forge a nail
students learning how to forge a nail
students pictured with weaved baskets made at Fort William Historical Park
Marie and Robin each made a birch bark basket

After singing for their supper, they spent the first part of the evening learning traditional Metis songs and dances. They also managed to fit in a game of Lacrosse before the rain started. Unfortunately, the rain prevented the use of the telescope at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory, however inside students explored the solar system, black holes and were able to hold meteorites - one of which was a piece from the planet Mars. 

students learning traditional Metis songs and dances
Students learning traditional Metis songs and dances.

The morning of day two started with a bang - each brigade learned how to load and shoot muskets and cannons. They also explored farm life and the garden.

students learning how to load and shoot muskets and cannons at Fort William Historical Park
collage of students at Fort William Historical Park animal farm
Students exploring farm life

On the journey back to Schreiber we had a beautiful lunch at the Terry Fox Lookout and a tour of the Dorion Fish Hatchery.

students at Fort William Historical park
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