MNO Summer Youth Cultural Program visits Oshawa school

SYCP In Oshawa
MNO Summer Youth Cultural Leader Eleni Pappas(left) leading a Métis games activity during the twoday Métis workshop at St. Christopher CatholicSchool. Click here for larger picture.

On June 7, 2017, The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Summer Youth Cultural Program (SYCP) staff and local MNO citizens of the MNO Oshawa and Durham Region Métis Council (ODRMC) were invited to St. Christopher Catholic School to educate students about Métis culture and heritage during a two-day event.

Wanting to educate and honour Indigenous Culture, the Principal Mrs.Bartlett and organizing committee invited MNO staff and citizens to educate students about Métis culture and heritage. The educational event was held at the Camp Samac location just North of Oshawa where the students could learn while enjoying the outdoors surrounded by forests and nature. 

During the two day event the MNO SYCP Facilitators led by Eleni Pappas, gave their time to educate students about Métis culture through traditional voyageur games, jigging and dot art workshops. Students had fun learning the jigging steps and proudly showed off their dot art skills while also being educated about who the Métis people are.

MNO Senator Cecile Wagar and Métis drummers from the MNO ODRMC gave their time to teach students drumming techniques. Senator Wager welcomed students and MNO citizens Kathy Bazley and Christine Bazley educated students on different Métis artifacts through a fascinating hands-on display that included furs, feathers, Métis flag, Métis sash and other items. This hands-on approach of learning helped the students gain more of an understanding of Métis culture and heritage.

To ensure that students experienced each Métis workshop, they were divided into small groups and rotated through the different stations set up by the MNO SYCP leaders. These groups of students were sectioned throughout the outdoor camp grounds, while the drumming group was inside a historic log cabin on the Camp Samac grounds.  School volunteers also led an outdoor scavenger hunt, fire pit and in building a shelter in the forest.

St. Christopher Catholic School staff and students had a fun and successful learning experience thanks to the MNO and the MNO SYCP.

Posted: September 14, 2017

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