Honouring Culture

Today I was privileged to be part of a smudging ceremony at one of our secondary schools. I encourage you to read more about smudging.  I cherished the opportunity to honour the cultures of our founding aboriginal peoples by participating. burningsage

One of our teacher candidates in a practicum placement in a grade 10 English class had them studying Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. If you haven’t read this book yet, get your hands on a copy. It is wonderful, moving, and essential reading for every Canadian. The teacher wanted to share her own aboriginal culture with the students to help them understand the journey of the book’s characters. She asked students if they would be willing to participate in a smudge and they agreed.

So there we were – outside in a circle that included students, teachers, principals, vice principals, school secretary and me. It was very special to be included, to experience and learn and to watch others learn as well.

Thank you, Jessa Laight.


2 Responses to “Honouring Culture”

  1. Your post is so sincere and appreciative, but more so, I would imagine that you absolutely made the day… week… entire practicum… for that teacher candidate by awknowledging the value of that lesson. 🙂

  2. This experience sounds amazing, Sue! How do we provide more of these “cultural opportunities” for students? What impact does this have on their learning? I’d be curious to know more about what the students learned from this experience and if/how this helped them better understand the content learned in class. I think these are some very fortunate students!


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