Learning Design Specialist – The Rocky View Schools Indigenous Games were hosted by Elizabeth Barrett Elementary, Manachaban Middle School and Cochrane High School (with support from Jumpstart Canada) on May 24, 2018. The purpose of these games was to promote Indigenous history and culture, and to provide Elders an opportunity to share their culture and history through storytelling and ceremonies.
Prior to the games, Elizabeth Barrett students researched Canadian Indigenous Games and created posters, which were then presented to Manachaban Middle School students. The day of the event began with a blessing and a smudge by Elder Virgil Stephens and a lesson on the history and the purpose of Indigenous Games from Joseph Makinaw of the Stoney Nakoda Nation. Once the games got under way, Cochrane High School physical education students led 30 different stations of Indigenous Games and activities for over 850 elementary and middle school students. Because the Games were non-competitive and interactive, all 850 kids got to enjoy the sunshine and physical activity outside. Next year, these schools hope to expand the Games to other schools.
With the success of this day, it begs the question, wouldn’t it be amazing to not only have a division-wide track meet, but also a divisional Rocky View Schools Indigenous Games Day as well?