The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) Indigenous Education team and Indigenous Youth Leadership group are hosting Aadizooke Dadibaajimowin Zhigo Nitaawe Nagamowim, a week-long celebration to honour Indigenous voices, lift spirits and promote wellness.
From Feb. 16 to 18, LRSD staff and students can tune in to Aadizooke Dadibaajimowin Zhigo Nitaawe Nagamowin, translated to Stories and Music in English, using Microsoft Teams to one of two 45-minute storytelling sessions each morning and afternoon. There are storytelling sessions for students in kindergarten to Grade 5 and sessions for students in Grade 6 to Grade 12.
“Indigenous stories are told during the winter months and serve as a teaching tool to share valuable life lessons, history and create community connection,” said Bobbie-Jo Leclair, Itinerant Indigenous Education Consultant. “We’ll be sharing a variety of stories this week—some from long ago, some new, some about teachings, and some that will simply bring a smile to your face.”
Members of the LRSD Indigenous Council of Grandmothers and Grandfathers, Ojibwe Language Exposure Program team, and Knowledge Keepers will be the ones sharing stories and legends.
"Indigenous Storytelling Week is a testament to LRSD's renewed relationship with Indigenous learners, families, staff and the broader community," said Christian Michalik, Superintendent. "I'm grateful to the Indigenous Education Team and the Indigenous Youth Leadership group for creating this important and engaging celebration."
As part of the weeklong celebration, the community is invited to join in an all-day and all-age Indigenous Music Festival on Friday, Feb. 19., that features Indigenous musicians, dancers and storytellers from Manitoba.
LRSD community members can register to attend the Music Festival on EventBrite
"LRSD is truly fortunate to have passionate educators and student groups,” said Louise Johnston, Chair, LRSD Board of Trustees. "This week, through storytelling, song and dance, we can learn from each other and lift spirits. I’m looking forward to having staff, students and families from across the division join us in this celebration!”