Indigenous Activities

Orange shirt day

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Every September 30, St. Joseph students participate in Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters. 

Students wear an orange shirt to demonstrate the commitment to reconciliation and the impact residential schooling has had on Canada both past and present.

St. Joseph worked together to create a beautiful set of wings. The theme was “What holds you up?” inspired by a children’s book called, You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, of Cree and Lakota descent. The story encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.

Students were asked to paint a feather and write on it something that holds them up, supports them, and/or makes them feel good about themselves.

Each staff and student had their picture taken in front of the wings. This was a reminder that we are all here for each other. We work together as a school community to lift one another up. 

Great work students!

mÉtis teachings & Building our school community drum

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Putting Our Good Intentions Into Our Drum

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Tying The Hides Together And Making The Drum Taut

Nelson Star Newspaper Article

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alt textDrum Awakening using Handmade Drumsticks

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Thanks Father Neil, Christoper Yates & Don Courson

During the 2020-2021 school year students made Métis Dot Paintings, Finger Drums and participated in finger weaving.
Our school's big project was to create a Community Drum. Students first put their good intentions into the drum, and then worked together to tied the cow hides tight. All students made their own drum sticks using sticks, sinew and cow hide, and they decorated them with dot artwork.
A special thank you to West Kootenay Métis Youth rep, Charly Defouw; Selkirk College Cultural Activities Coordinator, Ann-Marie Smith; Christoper Yates; and West Kootenay Métis Society President, Don Courson.

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Grade 1 MÉtis Dot Art

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Grade 1 Finger Drum & Dot Art

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Grade 8 hand drums

In 2019-2020, St. Joseph students made Indigenous hand drums, and attended the Indigenous Culture Celebration.