Today, Grade Five from students across the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) and the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) will be celebrating Education Day at Algoma University, hosted by the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division (AID). This event marks a unique co-operation between the school boards and Algoma University.
As part of Ontario’s Grade Five curriculum, students are learning about Anishinaabe culture. In order to better understand Anishinaabe culture and heritage, Algoma University and AID invites students from across the Algoma region to take part in a variety of traditional and contemporary events which foster a better understanding of Indigenous Peoples.
Education Day also provides Grade Five students with the opportunity to interact with current university students and learn the importance of continuing with higher education.
“Education Day is an outreach and immersion event for young students across Sault Ste. Marie. It’s a great opportunity for students to visit Algoma University and to become familiar with Anishinaabe culture and heritage,” said Melissa Agawa, Anishinaabe Cultural and Social Program Coordinator. “It’s important for younger generations to become aware of the rich Anishinaabe history and culture that exists right here in the community and on-campus.”
Over 500 students are expected to attend and will learn about a variety of traditional and contemporary Anishinaabe cultural activities. Students will learn basic phrases in the Ojibwe language, throat singing, drumming, Métis dancing, and more.