Cultural Workshop Connects Students with Kejimkujik

Early in October, 20 grade 7 to 10 students enrolled in the Native Student Advisor program took part in a cultural workshop with Todd Labrador to learn about the Mi’kmaw people’s connections to Kejimkujik through Todd's experience as a Mi'kmaq man, artist, birch bark canoe builder and former Kejimkujik National Park interpreter.

Students had an opportunity to design and paint their own mini canoe paddles using what they learned in the workshop as inspiration. Using the four sacred colours (red, black, yellow and white), each student created a paddle that represented their own unique understandings and identities.

AVRSB was also honoured to have Todd Labrador lead an inservice with Grade Primary to 5 music teachers, focusing on language, drumming and the healing power of music, as well as workshops with several middle level and high school classrooms across the region.


Top photo: Students enrolled in the Native Student Advisor Program design mini canoe paddles, taking inspiration from Todd Labrador's presentation on Kejimkujik.
Bottom photos: (Right) Students and AVRSB's Native Student Advisors pose with their finished paddles at the end of the workshop.
(Left) Grade Primary to 5 music teachers created bags to store and carry their classroom hand drums, with guidance from Todd Labrador.







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