Galbraith employs Indigenous Games theme for 2018 Sports Day events

Galbraith Elementary School put a different twist on the school’s annual sports day this year.

On Friday, students gathered to participate in a number of traditional activities, as a way to learn more about First Nations culture.

“We decided on the theme of Indigenous Games for our 2018 Sports Day as a way to educate ourselves about Indigenous Peoples' culture of sporting activities,” said Wilma Clack, Grade 3 teacher at Galbraith. “We included an event that simulated dog sledding to include the culture of the Inuit people in northern Canada. We also had a lacrosse station, which was a sport first played by Indigenous people and later became Canada's national sport.”

A hula-hoop throw was made challenging by the school’s FMNI liaison, who transformed ordinary hoops into dream catchers. Students had to throw a wooden dowel through the rolling hoop. The run and scream event came from a Blackfoot game.

“This activity was traditionally completed by taking turns, one at a time, teaching tolerance and patience,” said Clack.

Other events included fur trade running, move the tipi, haul the water, canoeing on Lake Superior and tug of war/back push.

“All the feedback I received from our Galbraith students and staff was very positive,” said Clack. “We had a lot of fun competing in these activities, which challenged us in different ways than we were used to. It gave us new insights into the culture of Indigenous people in a very kinesthetic way. This became a very engaging way for our children from K-5 to gain some insight into the culture of Indigenous people.”

Clack added the Sports Day Committee hoped the event would fit into the philosophy of Education for Reconciliation.

Date posted: June 12, 2018

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