‘Stewards of the Land’ a hands-on opportunity to learn Indigenous culture

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Ernest Walker demonstrated the spiritual meaning of drumming as students participated in a traditional round dance
Calli Goldman of  Métis of Ontario lead the ‘faceless doll’ craft lesson

Grade 7 students of the Bruce-Grey Catholic District had the opportunity to learn about Indigenous peoples and their culture in a natural outdoor setting against the backdrop of picturesque Georgian Bay on the west shore of Owen Sound in Kelso Beach Park on Tuesday (May 29).

The program, ‘Stewards of the Land’, was organized by Theresa Coburn, Indigenous Lead for the Catholic school board and featured hands-on activities for students from St. Joseph’s School in Port Elgin, Durham’s St. Peter & St. Paul School and Notre Dame School in Owen Sound.

Lori Kewaguom (C), Cultural and Wellness Coordinator with Saugeen First Nation

The students rotated through various activities that included: lacrosse, water teachings, dance and song, faceless dolls, local history and medicine and energy.

Lori Kewaquom, Cultural and Wellness Coordinator with Saugeen First Nation explained the importance of native plants in Indigenous medicine.

Faceless Dolls

Each student created a ‘faceless doll’.  The dolls represent the missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women throughout Canada.

Students also received T-shirts for the day that featured a logo designed by renowned Métis artist, Christi Belcourt.