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Celebrating First Nations and Metis culture

Submitted by Vanessa Burns, Peace River School Division

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On Friday May 2, 2014 over 200 hundred Peace River School Division (PRSD) grades 4 to 12 students joined for PRSD’s Annual Pakisiwin (Hand) Games Competition.

Participating schools include; Hines Creek Composite, Fairview High School, Grimshaw High School, Kennedy Elementary School, Manning Elementary School, Dixonville School, TA Norris Middle School, Peace River High School and Springfield Elementary School.

The Peace River High School won first place in the Jr/Sr High division and Springfield Elementary won first in the Elementary division.

Kennedy Elementary School’s Squirrel Tail team won for Shakers and Movers in the Elementary Division and the Peace River High Nomads took first place for Shakers and Movers in the Jr/Sr High Division.

PRSD congratulates all teams participating in this annual event and commends all teams for their enthusiasm and awesome sportsmanship.

Thank you to Springfield Elementary School for hosting the Hand Games and to Chris McLean-Sleger for organizing the event.

PRSD extends gratitude to the numerous community and staff volunteers, drummers, judges, scorekeepers, the generous organizations who provided donations and the media for their support.

A special thank you goes to Elder, Dave Cummings for bringing greetings, blessings and being a part of the 2014 PRSD Hand Games competition.

The Pakisiwin (Hand) Games competition teaches students good sportsmanship, how to relate to one and other, leadership, cooperation and the physical skills of dexterity, eye-hand coordination and agility.

The PRSD Hand Game Competition is a high-spirited event that brings students across the division together to honour and celebrate this important FNMI tradition.

Hand games are dated back thousands of years in FNMI history and can also be known as the “bone game” or “hand stick game”.

The game was originally created from the need for conflict resolution and was developed as an alternative to aggression or war.

The game helps to develop personal and group transformation and work toward the realization of common goals.

Watch for photos to be posted to the Peace River School Division facebook page by May 23, 2014.

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