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SCDSB students and staff to honour Christian Island’s historyMay 19, 2017 Category: NewsBack to News Page

​Over 300 Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) students and staff will take the ferry to Christian Island on May 24 to honour the island’s history. Christian Island Elementary School is hosting its 8th Annual Pow Wow and has invited neighbouring schools to attend.

Students ranging from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 from the following schools are participating:

• Alliston Union Public School
• Bayview Public School
• Hewitt’s Creek Public School
• James Keating Elementary School
• Mundy’s Bay Public School

 “This is an amazing opportunity for our students,” says Hewitt’s Creek Kindergarten teacher Tanya Trembath. “We have been learning about indigenous culture and corresponding with a Kindergarten class from Christian Island in preparation for the Pow Wow, so it will be an extremely memorable experience for them to see it in person.”

Students and staff will enjoy a tour of the island and will participate in rock painting, as well as visiting local vendors of traditional food, crafts and clothing.

“Our teachers implement learning about indigenous culture throughout the school year,” says Alison Bradshaw, Principal, First Nation, Métis & Inuit Education. “This event is a culmination of the ongoing work that students have been doing all year. The SCDSB has a close partnership with Christian Island Elementary School and Beausoleil First Nation, and we look forward to participating in many more events in the future.”

Information:

Alison Bradshaw, Principal, First Nation, Métis & Inuit Education
Simcoe County District School Board
705-734-6363, ext. 11475
abradshaw@scdsb.on.ca