See below for descriptions of workshops we typically run for schools and camp programs. Invite us into your school, or come visit us in the tipi here at Trent University!
G’Chi-Nibi – Sacred Water
In this workshop students will engage their heads, hands and hearts as they learn about the four types of water based on a small part of the Anishinaabe Creation Story. They will discuss and learn more about the reciprocal relationship that all people have towards G’Chi-Nibi as we discuss water conservation, protection, distribution and accessibility and brainstorm ways to strengthen our personal relationship with water. They will be introduced to some of the everyday uses of water, such as industrial, ecotourism, agricultural and sacred ceremony. Throughout this workshop we encourage students to get their hands wet to explore the physical properties of water!
Ode-min – Strawberry
Ode-min Giizis is known as Strawberry Moon, and this term is how the month of June is referred to by Anishinaabe people in this area. Strawberries are the first fruit to grow upon our Mother the Earth, and through the traditional teachings and Creation story of the first strawberry, they teach us about growth, forgiveness, self-discipline and peace. We will explore and compare the varieties of strawberries we have available to us today and discuss the differences in growth rate and production methods. Students will have the opportunity to extract DNA from a strawberry, learn about the structure of DNA and how genetic information is passed through generations. We might even get a taste of this sweet traditional fruit!
Mishiikenh – Turtle
Did you know that the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunne calendars are based not on twelve months, but on thirteen moons? Did you know that each of these moons is reflected in the thirteen scutes on a turtle’s back? Did you know that, typically, turtles have 28 outer scutes which represent the number of days in one moon? Do you happen to know what a scute is? We will learn all of the above, and more, in this very special workshop. The program combines storytelling, art, and an active game that will turn students into hatching turtles racing the tide, weather, and predators. This is a classroom favourite with an activity for every type of learner, and will cover topics including adaptation, identification, hibernation and other challenges facing turtles, including ways we can help them.
Gitigaan – Garden
Gardening has always been an integral part of how people engage with land. Through this workshop, students will be invited to learn about how respect, humility and active listening help us to engage in the natural world in ways that sustain us and promote environmental health. The gitigaan workshop gives students the opportunity to learn about both the science behind why certain plants work while together as well as traditional stories of how these plants came to be. This workshop covers topics such as the three sisters, nutrient cycles, sacred medicines, photosynthesis, pollinators and soil fertility. The gitigaan workshop can be delivered here at Trent University or at Curve Lake First Nation.
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