Thursday, July 24, 2014
Text Size

Oshawa kids think Indigenous

Oshawa Central CI host its first Think Indigenous Expo

Oshawa This Week

By Kristen Calis

DURHAM -- First Nations drumming could be heard from the halls of Oshawa Central Collegiate Institute on Jan. 8.

In the gym, an audience was treated to a performance by All My Relations, and in the back, a large teepee had been erected earlier in the day by Metis elder Andre Bosse and students who gave him a hand.

“It was actually pretty awesome,” said Grade 10 student Jonathan Michaud.

It was all part of the school’s first Think Indigenous Expo, where students were able to demonstrate their work and understanding of the First Nations peoples of Canada. Over the course of eight weeks, students learned about culture, traditions, history and current issues of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples of Canada. This was the final showcase of all they had learned, said Dawn White, one of the teachers who put on the event.

In the halls, students were creating paintings, working with soapstone, and selling items such as dream catchers, miniature inukshuks and soapstone carvings. All money raised will help build an environmental indigenous classroom.

“I’m finding people are interested,” said Grade 11 student Jaimee Austin, who helped carved some soapstone.

Principal Kathy Sivell said she was pleased that it was an inclusive event. Ms. White said students from different classes were able to contribute, including fitness students, culinary students and exceptional students in her senior associated class.

“This event was just everybody coming together,” she said.

Culinary students treated visitors to First Nations fare and a group of fitness students played Aboriginal games with visiting elementary students from Winchester and College Hill Public schools. A Native Studies class presented displays and a Native Studies art class ran a storytelling and art workshop.

“We should be celebrating it more,” said Ms. White.

Ms. White, who has put on similar expos at Port Perry High School in the past, hopes the event will become an annual tradition at Central Collegiate.

“I’m very proud of our students,” said vice principal Carla Noel, who said the school is proud to promote indigenous culture.

Oshawa Mayor John Henry and Oshawa Trustee Larry Jacula were among those who attended the event. Trustee Jacula said he’s always interested in what’s going on in the community regarding Aboriginal culture. He said Oshawa has the greatest percentage of students in all of Durham who self-identify as Aboriginal.

“That’s where it all started. I think the kids need to know that,” he said regarding the importance of First Nations studies in the curriculum.

Whatever Trevor

Dis is Trevor.

Blast from the past: FP archive

When is Consultation, Consultation?

Write comment (10 Comments)

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Read more...

Letting go of residential schools

Write comment (7 Comments)

by Gilbert Oskaboose, Nov 1993 First Perspective

There is a lot of "unfinished business" in Indian Country. Garbage that we as a people have never really dealt with. Chief among them is the whole issue of those infamous residential schools and their impact on people. Read more...


obidiah picture

ANALYSIS - Bill Gallagher

gallagher picture

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit


July 2014
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Fri Jun 27 @12:00AM
Adäka Cultural Festival
Wed Jul 23 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Asinabka Film Media Arts Festival
Sun Jul 27 @12:00AM
World Indigenous Business Forum 2014

Current Video

RIP Percy Tuesday

Write comment (1 Comment)


Thanks to Althea Guiboche for allowing The First Perspective to share her video taken at the Manitowapow book launch at McNally Robinson. 

Percey sings Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and people join in to harmonize. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): The Washington Redskins

Write comment (0 Comments)