Aboriginal Day Celebration at CASS

Aboriginal Day Celebration at CASS

Friday afternoon CASS hosted a celebration and ceremonial tree planting as part of the upcoming National Aboriginal Day and Canada 150. 

Aboriginal Day Celebration at CASS

CAES and CASS Intermediate students were joined by Grade 3 students from Arthur Henderson for the outdoor celebration.

Native studies teacher, Tracy Stevens, organized the afternoon of native drumming, dance, storytelling, food and art.

Three symbolic trees where planted at CASS as part of a special Tree Canada grant program for Canada 150. A maple tree (Canada’s Arboreal Emblem), a white pine (Provincial Tree) and a cedar tree, which was selected as a symbolic tree by the Thessalon First Nation. Elders chose to plant a cedar because of it's important role in traditional native healing and ceremony.

Bannock cooked over an open fire was a big hit with students. Visitors were also invited to tour the culture room and view native artwork created this semester, or learn some dance moves on the patio. Representatives from Tree Canada were on hand to help students plant seeds to grow their own tree.

Aboriginal Day Celebration at CASS
Aboriginal Day Celebration at CASS