Heritage Day and Inter-school Pow wow
By James Wastasecoot
Peguis Central School opened its doors to the Annual Heritage Day and first-ever Inter-school powwow on Friday May 31. In the morning, teachers and students engaged in traditional games and activities in classrooms and on the school grounds. Among the presenters, Norbert Mercredi from Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, was out to demonstrate traditional games. Students engaged in lacrosse, stick hockey and spinning tops in the bright sun. Beading, gardening, seneca root-picking and animal recognition engaged students in classrooms, brightly decorated for the occasion.
In the afternoon, the Inter-school pow wow took place on the east side of the school set on an expansive lawn where two tipis soared above the crowd. The pow wow began with the grand entry led by Elder Floyd Sutherland, carrying the eagle staff, and followed by flag bearers, members of Chief and Council, elders and School Board representatives.
Chief Glenn Hudson welcomed guests, students and drum groups from participating communities: Sandy Bay, St. Theresa Point, Fisher River, Opaskwayak and Split Lake, and Ebb and Flow.
“When I was a young man, I was introduced to pow wow when I was 11 and so we need to continue our traditions,” he told the gathering which numbered 400.
Education Director, Sherry Sutherland, said that Heritage Day is an important reminder to students of their values and culture. “It’s important to incorporate our culture and history into our school to instill confidence and pride into our students and to showcase our nation to other communities,” she said. “Also, it’s a time of reconciliation for our people to come together and celebrate our children.”
Grad Trip 2019
Peguis School grad trip was memorable and fun
By Crystal Genaille
The 2019 grad trip was a great experience for all who went. There was a total of 33 grads and 10 chaperones on the trip to Alberta. Leaving at midnight May 19, the tour included a 7-day journey to Calgary, Lake Louise in Bannf National Park, the Calgary Tower, University of Calgary and Tsuu T’ina First Nation. The travellers arrived at their destination in Calgary about 4 pm the following day. There were plenty of stops to shop and bring home souvenirs.
Peguis Land Based students hunting trip
By James Wastasecoot
Peguis Central Senior high students shot geese, cooked them and then spent some time picking up garbage that was left at the hunting site during an outing April 17 and 18. Bernie McCorrister, Land-based education teacher said the field trip was a first-ever goose hunt for students and it turned out successfully. Victor Sutherland, school safety officer, supervised the trip at Selkirk.