Students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tilbury have completed a healing circle mosaic, which represents unity of the four races of mankind. It contains more than 6,500 glass tiles.
"It's really important for students to understand that this is not just a craft," says Brenda Collins, a Métis artist, who lives in London. "The healing circle, also called a medicine wheel, incorporates Indigenous teachings, which bring together all cultures and all age groups. It is an opportunity to create positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples."
At St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim, students in JK to Grade 4 were treated to a display of singing and dancing by representatives of the Aamjiwnaang and Walpole Island First Nations.
They demonstrated how the beliefs and traditions of Canada's First Nations are carried out through story-telling, singing and dancing. The demonstrations included a Grand Entry, such as those that are performed at Pow Wows, which are held by the 700 to 1,000 First Nations tribes across Canada and the United States.
In the photos (above left) Brenda Collins teaches students about the cultural significance of a Healing Circle at St. Joseph Catholic School, Tilbury; and (right) representatives from Walpole Island and Aamjiwnaang First Nations teach students at St. Anne Catholic School, Blenheim about the beliefs and traditions of their heritage, as told through singing and dancing.