National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations
On June 21, 2019, Superior North Catholic District School Board schools were honoured to join in the celebrations to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day. On this day, throughout the district, our students and educators took part in various events celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and achievements of First Nation, Inuit and Métis people in Ontario and Canada.
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, one of our Northern schools, attended the National Indigenous Peoples Day festivities hosted by Ginoogaming First Nation and Long Lake 58 First Nation. The day started with a parade around town. The students participated in a smudge, singing and then feasted on delicious bannock! Many of our students participated in full regalia. The colours on display were breathtaking.
St. Joseph Catholic School celebrated this historic day at the Thunderbird Friendship Centre National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration held in Geraldton, Ontario. The staff and students participated in activities, including crafts - dream pillows and soap carving, drumming, dancing (potato dance), archery and lacrosse.
Students from St. Hilary Catholic School in Red Rock and St. Edward Catholic School in Nipigon were invited to attend the National Indigenous Peoples Day activities hosted by the Red Rock Indian Band. The day began with a wreath laying to honour Indigenous war veterans. Students then had the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities organized by the Band Council such as creating woodland art, medicine bag making, skin tattoos, bouncy castles and BBQ. The students had a wonderful time participating in these activities and a big thank you to Red Rock Indian Band for organizing this event.
Moving along our district, SNCDSB students from Holy Angels Catholic School in Schreiber and St. Martin Catholic School in Terrace Bay celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day with our friends and community partners in Pays Plat First Nation. Students spent the sunny day at the mini Pow Wow, making crafts and listening to Mishomis (Grandfather) Drum and traditional storytelling. The sounds of traditional drums and songs echoed throughout the day. Students were treated to a traditional bannock snack prepared by members of the community and band office.
The Superior North Catholic District School Board expresses their sincere gratitude and appreciation to our First Nation community partners for inviting us to celebrate this fabulous day! Our schools were honoured to be invited to join our many First Nation communities to experience these traditional celebrations. Miigwech to the communities, including Pays Plat First Nation, Ginoogaming First Nation, Long Lake 58 First Nation, Red Rock Indian Band and the ThunderBird Friendship Centre for inviting our students and staff. An amazing day of building community!
"Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."