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Gathering of Friends

A beautiful sunny day was the backdrop for Ginew School’s 11th Annual Gathering of Friends Education Celebration on May 24th. Many of Manitoba’s First Nations Schools boast a strong cultural vibrancy, but what makes Ginew School unique is that every year they throw open their doors and share that vibrancy with neighbouring schools and communities.

Sweat Lodge teachings with Marilyn Nelson

“It’s a special opportunity for our neighbours to get to know us [the people of Roseau River First Nation],” explains Principal, Robert Moore. “We share the history, culture and values of our people through a variety of presentations, displays and end the day with a pow wow.”

And as evidenced by the enthusiasm of all involved, the many hands-on activities such as stick & moccasin games, bannock making and fish frying, were highly appreciated.

Visiting students from Winkler, MB

For some students from Garden Valley Collegiate in Winkler, MB, this was their first time at the Gathering of Friends. And they were eager to show off their newly acquired leather press skills. Elsewhere, visiting students and other guests learned about the importance of Sweat Lodges in the Ojibwe culture. “It’s about giving people education they can’t find in books,” states the event’s coordinator, Josephine Hartin.  The day ended with a beautiful display of pow wow dancing, with demonstrations in all categories.

The goal of the Gathering of Friends is “to provide visitors with a knowledge of the richness of the Ojibwe culture.” This was definitely accomplished by Ginew School.

Gathering of Friends Celebration from MFNERC on Vimeo.

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