An indigenous awareness week recently was held at Rainy River High School.
Organized by Morning Star Tom, the Indigenous Student Guidance Counsellor at RRHS, the week included traditional geese preparation and various workshops.
There also was a career symposium, where students could interact with local indigenous agencies such at the Métis Nation of Ontario, the Treaty #3 Police Service, and United Native Friendship Centre.
The week closed with a mini pow-wow.
“Gichi Miigwech to Bessie Tom, Abigail Halverson, Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Jack McKay, Justin Boshey, Elvis Adams, Darryl Big George, Terry 'Goose' McMahon, Gary Smith, the singers and dancers, and to the cooks for coming and sharing their knowledge and teachings,” noted Tom.
A huge “thanks,” as well, to the administration, staff, and students at RRHS for taking part in the activities, she added.
Tom also wants to ensure this event remains an annual celebration, and that there is a mini pow-wow each year for everyone who wants to join in the festivities.