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St. David Catholic School Celebrates National Aboriginal Day with a School Wide Fun Day!

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picture: St. David Catholic School students proudly pose for Aboriginal Celebration Fun Day: Holly Bulter (grade 7), Alicia Manitowabi (grade 2), Chantee Fortin (JK), Ana Chartrand (gr 3) and Darlene Peltier (gr 1)

June 21, 2013 - St. David Catholic School, located in the Donovan / Floor Mill area of the city celebrated National Aboriginal Day with a school wide fun day. Caroline Mansourian, the school's grade 7 teacher and her grade 7 class planned and organized fun educational events for all junior kindergarten - grade 8 students. The day started with the playing of O Canada in Ojibwe and then the Ojibwe morning prayer. Events included face painting, water events and co-operative games stressing team work and leadership building skills.

National Aboriginal Day in Canada is held on June 21 annually to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and achievements of our nation’s Aboriginal peoples. Canada recognizes three distinct Aboriginal groups – First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. June 21 was chosen for National Aboriginal Day because it was on or near the Summer Solstice. For generations, Aboriginal peoples hosted cultural celebrations on this day.

Verna Hardwick, St. David School Native Language teacher stated, " this is a day to celebrate all races and the interconnectedness of all peoples. We shared the traditional teachings and celebrated the inclusive teachings of the medicine wheel."

Grade 1 student, Sebastian Trudeau said, "I liked our special activities today, especially the games that had water. I am very excited to have a special lunch with my class. After lunch I am going to Bell Park with my mom to attend the festivities that The Native Friendship Center is hosting." All students at St. David School were treated to a special lunch compliments of Joseph Mansourian and "Over the Atlantic". Sebastian says "thank you. It was a fun day".

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