Winnipeg school's reconciliation event rose the awareness of Indigenous culture

Winnipeg school's reconciliation event rose the awareness of Indigenous culture, Iryna Chyrkova

Girls from Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg learned Indigenous culture better on Wednesday, February 13.

The event was held with the help of Winnipeg's Indigenous community and local charity 1JustCity.

"It was an honour for me to do that, to be invited here to do the teachings," said 1Justcity volunteer. "It's a great honour to provide that information for students that haven't heard that before, and can see the values and the customs that belong to our tradition that we have."

Schoolgirls starting from the smallest ages now know about pow-wows, listened to speakers, and even about the scientific aspect of reconciliation.

"We learned how DNA and our bodies work with truth and reconciliation, which is going to be really interesting," said Grade 12 student Katie Campbell. "We always learn about it [reconciliation] in class, whether it's residential schools or Louis Riel. We're always learning about it in textbooks, but having the equity conference allows us to actually learn about it and take action with it."

The main purpose of the event was to show that all people are equal regardless of the family where they were born. Despite any differences, children should look for similarities between themselves from a very young age.

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