This week we were so fortunate to have Spectrum Collective with us to learn more about the Indigenous way of life and experience parts of the culture of the Treaty 7 People through the program, “Around the Fire”. This residency allowed us opportunities to learn about Rhythm and Poetry (R.A.P.), contemporary dance (Hip Hop) and traditional dance and the connections between the two styles. We also had a chance to play a drum made from one of four animals that can be found on Treaty 7 lands.
To prepare ourselves for this residency, we built important background knowledge by reading pictures books about a girl’s experience in a Residential School as well as what it was like for her to come home again to her family. We also learned more about Treaty 7 by role playing what it might have been like for the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy to be part of the signing of the treaty with the Canadian Government in 1877. We all have a clearer understanding of why we start our assemblies by Acknowledging the Land that we now live on and call home.
For your blog question this weekend, spend time with your family talking about your experiences learning about the Indigenous People of Treaty 7, the sessions that you were part of and the things you are thankful for in your life. Then write a few of those positive things you are thankful for in your Learning Log.
Please enjoy your Thanksgiving long weekend and be grateful for the land we live on.
- No school on Friday, October 11 (PD day for teachers) or Monday, October 14 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
- Bring back all library books (in case we can schedule a library exchange time)
- Think about the person you chose for your compliment and appreciation over the weekend and we will have a class meeting on Tuesday so you can deliver the compliment to them
- Enjoy time and conversation with your family and answer the Secret Blog Question in your Learning Log for Tuesday, October 15th