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Teepee An Important Tool For École Jours De Plaine


Education and discussions around the Indigenous experience are commonplace at Ècole Jours de Plaine.

And so it is fitting the Laurier school was one of five facilities in Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM) to receive a teepee for their school yard from the division as a permanent outdoor facility and teaching aid.

A special ceremony was held, Sept. 23, to erect and bless the teepee with the help of Elders Dave and Roxanne Shuttleworth from Ebb and Flow First Nation, principal Leah Delaurier-Bray said, adding a pipe ceremony and prayer were held prior to the teepee being erected.

“They were kind enough to come and teach the meaning,” Delaurier-Bray said, adding the staff and students learned that each of the poles in the teepee represents a teaching or value. “Which are the same values that we all have. One pole was love, respect, honour. They had values and a whole system and it’s just so sad to see that was taken away.”

The teepee, she added, is going to be a valuable resource for the staff and students.

“First of all we need to learn what this teepee symbolizes and represents and how to use it,” Delaurier-Bray said, adding a couple of classes have utilized the structure, with an English class reading a story with an Indigenous perspective and a high school French class discussing colonialism and the effects it has had and is still having on Indigenous communities.

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