Willard Wallace beat out some traditional First Nations music on his drum for the students.

Willard Wallace beat out some traditional First Nations music on his drum for the students.

Special day at John Allison Elementary School

Some Fridays are different for the students at John Allison Elementary than most Fridays.

Aboriginal Artisan Day was celebrated recently by doing interactive workshops with some of the First Nations members from around the local area.  The day was coordinated by support worker Christine Squakin who convinced some of her own family members to take the day off of work to give students a taste of First Nations culture.

The day involved exercises in drumming and dancing, bead work, etching, clay creations, First Nations language and history.  Students were told stories and talked about the importance of preservation of the environment.  They talked about the value of animals and humans co-habitatin on Earth.

“The kids really enjoy themselves,” said Squakin.  “It is nice to give them a taste of different cultures to give them a greater awareness of the differences and the many similarities of all humans.”

Marlene Squakin, Shelley Oppenheim-Lacerte, Roxy Squakin, Matilda Squakin, Elena Snow, Dominiquea Squakin and Willard Wallace were thanked by Christine and John Allison for their participation in the day.