Kids across Kenora got to experience Bannock, stories and traditional harvesting activities this week.  

More than 50 students from the KCDSB travelled to Pow wow Island on Wauzhushk Onigum Nation for the 14th Annual Fall Harvest on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.  

Grade 5 student from St. Louis Living Arts School, Leah Hamilton, was very thankful for how the day went “We made some Bannock, it was fun! I sort of burned mine, so I kind of gave it to the dogs. It was fun because everyone was laughing. Everyone was playing and it was pretty wonderful.” 

When asked about her day, Grade 5 student from École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys, Hazel Bowen, said this “We did a lot of drumming today. We did beadings and bracelets. We were dancing on wild rice. We put boots on made out of some type of leather and then we danced in the middle of the rice. There are two trees to hold on to. I was excited to come here and do it!” 

Shelly Tom, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit coordinator for the KCDSB offered her thoughts on the experience.  

“I think it's really good, we show mutual respect of going on their land and experiencing things that are on their land and that are accessible to us. And we're very, very fortunate to be able to come out. Here we're welcomed by the community and they include us and the events that are going on,” said Tom.  

Everyone was very thankful for another successful Annual Fall Harvest.