Over 200 students from the Kenora Catholic District School Board were able to take part in the 11th annual Fall Harvest yesterday, held in Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation.

The day started with an offering of tobacco in the roundhouse, drumming and a welcome prayer with Elder Terry Skead. After the opening, students were able to explore various stations and learn about the customs of gathering and preparing food, including fish, deer and geese, and how to roast bannock over an open fire.

Macy Foster, a Grade 5 student from St. Louis School, attended the Fall Harvest last year and knew what to expect. She was the first in line at the wild rice making station.

“My favourite part of the Fall Harvest, and what stands out in my mind, is dancing on the wild rice.”

It was Unique Paypom’s third trip to Pow Wow Island. She’s now in Grade 7 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, but started attending as part of the KCDSB’s Northern Studies program when she was in Grade 4 at St. Louis School.

“Going to the Fall Harvest is a special experience because I get to learn about the cultural teachings. My favourite part is the bannock making. I also like seeing the deer and plucking the ducks.”

Community members had ten different stations set up for students, including a new station on how to build a wigwam, which is a small shelter used for hunting.

“The Wauzhushk Onigum Fall Harvest is an important event at Kenora Catholic because it helps children learn about the culture that is all around us in northwestern Ontario,” said Phyllis Eikre, Direction of Education for the KCDSB.

“This is our 11th year being invited to attend, and we are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Wauzhushk Ongium to provide this opportunity to students. The community members show us amazing hospitality and give so freely of their time as they pass on important teachings to our students. I enjoy watching the students learn something new each time as they visit the Fall Harvest. It’s a very special opportunity.”

As part of the KCDSB’s Northern Studies program, students in Grades 4 and 5 get to explore the traditions and activities of First Nation, Metis and Inuit people in the region, with hands-on learning opportunities.


More Local News

More math in elementary classes

Jordan Temple has good news for parents and students, who may be struggling with math. "There's going to be a math support in all of our elementary schools now," Temple said, after a presentation…

Saints believe in music

Students also got to show off their music program earlier this week. Avery Bond talks about their presentation. "I think it went well. I think we got our point across about how we enjoy music. It…

Drug charges laid

A 49-year-old Kenora man is facing drug charges. Following an OPP investigation, Steve Tetreault is facing charges of: Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking-Cocaine…

Rickford searching line-by-line for funds

Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford isn't happy about what he's finding, as he looks through MTO records for twinning the Trans-Canada. "In particular, between Thunder Bay and Nipigon,…

Community groups vying for funding

A number of community groups and organizations are all hoping for northwestern Ontario’s support, in Tbaytel’s for Good Community Fund initiative. The competition aims to help grow culture in the…

Third missing boater found deceased

A man who was missing on Lake of the Woods has been found deceased. The man originally went missing after his boat capsized, which lead to the deaths of two other residents. The deceased have been…

Police make arrest in hit and run cold case

Police have charged a 27 year old in a hit and run death from 7 years ago. On April 30, 2011, police began investigating a fatal single motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on Shoal Lake 40…

Saints collect donations for Friendship Centre

It was crazy sock day at St Thomas Aquinas High School yesterday. Students wore their craziest socks to school, and they also brought a pair of new or gently used and clean socks to donate to the…

Suspicious death victim identified

Police have identified the victim involved in a suspicious death investigation as 72-year-old Betty Ann Cup of Shoal Lake #39 First Nation. The Treaty Three Police Service requested the assistance of…

KCDSB offers stance on cannabis

Director of education Phyllis Eikre is offering assurances, on behalf of the Kenora Catholic District School Board. "Right now, legislation prohibits the use of tobacco and alcohol on school…

KenoraOnline.com is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide