Board holds Indigenous Winter Games

The York Catholic District School Board celebrated its inaugural Indigenous Winter Games, an event designed to further reconciliation.

About 350 Grade 6 students enjoyed traditional Indigenous games and activities like cultural dances led by an Indigenous leader on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Vaughan.

Other events included a snowshoe relay, a Dakota tribe ritual in which young children learned skills like chasing, catching, running, fleeing and dodging so they could join the buffalo hunt when they’re older. The snow snake game, played by the Haudenosaunee, Ojibwe, Oneida, Wyandotte, Iroquois and Abenaki Peoples, was used as a tool for communication between villages and gave players a sense of community, spirit and a way to do good.

In addition to furthering reconciliation, the Indigenous Winter Games were held to “celebrate the beauty, brilliance, resilience and resurgence of the First Peoples of this land in a fun and supportive manner,” the Board reports.

Photo courtesy of the York Catholic District School Board.

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