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  • Official Opening of Mashkiki Aki

    On Thursday, September 29, members of the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) community gathered for the official opening of the Mashkiki Aki garden at Hastings School. Mashkiki Aki, which translates to medicine earth in Ojibwe, was constructed to be a space to reflect, learn and connect. 

    “Learning about the calls to action, treaties, and residential school survivors led to the belief that the creation a place for the community to come together and reflect was an important step towards reconciliation,” said Lisa Lewis, Principal at Hastings School. 

    The garden features Indigenous medicines, including sage and cedar, along with 215 orange tulips in remembrance of the children who continue to be uncovered in mass graves at residential schools across Turtle Island. 

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    The opening ceremony included a smudging as well as a blessing and prayer from Grandmother Chickadee Richard from the Indigenous Council of Grandmothers and Grandfathers. A feast was held afterward for those in attendance as well as students and staff at the school. 

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    This project was made possible thanks to the support of Prairies Economic Development Canada, the Building Student Success with Indigenous Parents Grant and Brain Mayes, City Councillor, St. Vital.IMG_2653.JPG