Have a Wonderful Summer, Legacy Schools!

What an amazing year for our Legacy Schools program! Through your support, students expanded their knowledge and learned new ways of moving reconciliation forward. Our art workshops for National Indigenous History Month continue, the poster challenge winners have been announced, and we even managed to sneak in one more in-person Artist Ambassador visit before the summer break! Take a look at how we are wrapping up the 2021 – 2022 school year below!

Poster Challenge Winners

This year’s Spring Poster Contest theme was, ’What does reconciliACTION mean to you, your family, or your community?’ Winning students received an amazing prize pack including an Orange Shirt from the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund!

Posters were graded on the following:

  • Did they answer the theme’s question?
  • Did they use resources that represented First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in their area?
  • Did they reflect on what reconciliation means and what actions they believe are needed to move it forward?
  • Did they consider any of the TRC’S 94 Calls to Action?

Here are your 2022 winners!

4-10 Age Category:
1st: MJ B from Sheppard Public School, Kitchener, ON
2nd: Jennifer M from Ralph Brown School, Winnipeg, MB
3rd: Kyra A from Sheppard Public School, Kitchener, ON

11-13 Age Category:
1st: Sydnee S from Centennial School, Edmonton, AB
2nd: Shulin Z from Ashton Meadows Public School, Markham, ON
3rd: Samarah Y from Ashton Meadows Public School, Markham, ON

14-18 Age Category:
1st: Mikyla N from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Courtice, ON
2nd: Shayla S from Windsor Park Collegiate Secondary School, Winnipeg, MB
3rd: Anna B from Blyth Academy, Ottawa, ON

A special shoutout to Leah Lukezich’s class from Sheppard Public School, Kitchener, ON, who won Orange Shirts from DWF for their entire class for having the most submissions and best poster illustrations that matched the theme! Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to all the winners!

Don’t Forget!

Update Your Mailing Address to get Your Legacy Schools Booster Kit this Fall

We’re getting ready to send you updated materials and new DWF swag this September as the Legacy Schools program turns 5 years old! Please remember to let us know if you have changed schools or are leaving and someone else is taking over Legacy Schools programming on your behalf.

Update Legacy Schools Contact Info

Art Workshops for National Indigenous History Month

Students at Yarmouth Elementary in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia pose with their new seal skin bracelets after learning about Inuit culture through lived experience and cultural items hosted by Frances Palliser-Nicholas & Rebecca Salmonson.

Our virtual Artist workshops have been a huge success! Throughout the months of May and June, students have been learning about Indigenous culture, history, and skills from a participating artist.

Artists Ambassadors include Lindsay Lickers (Beading and Treaties workshop), Patrick Hunter (Painting And Grandfather Teachings), Zoey Roy (Creating Hip Hop workshop), Destiny Hoostie/Takaya Indigenous Designs (Beading and Cree Language workshop), Mimi O’Bonsawin (Song Writing), and Frances Palliser & Rebecca Salmonson (Seal Skin Bracelet Making).

Artist Ambassador Visit to Pimicikamak Cree Nation with Peatr Thomas

Peatr Thomas speaks about the murals he has created in Winnipeg before doing hands-on painting workshops with youth at Mikisew High School in Cross Lake, MB, Cree Pimicikamak Nation.

Students enjoyed creating their own original artworks inspired by Peatr Thomas, who is originally from Cross Lake, MB. Using stencils and canvas, students were able to create their own original spray paintings.

Send us your ReconciliACTIONS

We love seeing and sharing what Legacy Schools are up to! Send us your reconciliACTIONs for a chance to be featured in our ReconciliACTION guidebook, in next year’s Legacy School materials and other DWF communications!