Mawio'mi is an incredible learning experience for students
Grade 10 Canadian History classes learned that "We are all Treaty People" when they recently attended Dalhousie University's 9th annual Mawio'mi - a powwow or gathering.
The Mawio'mi was led by Mi'kmaq elders and included Dal Student Union President and neuroscience student Aaron Prosper, from Eskasoni. The grand entrance included honour songs for indigenous veterans and a special dance for outgoing Dal President, Dr. Richard Florizone. Students also learned about the many different forms of powwow dancing, and about indigenous art and food. They particularly enjoyed sampling “Three Sisters Stew” a corn, bean, and squash stew served with warm bannock, a traditional aboriginal flat bread. The students also visited the newly opened Chanie Wenjack/Gord Downie Legacy Room at the Killam Library. One of 25 legacy rooms across Canada, this room honours Canada's collective commitment to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. This off-campus experience was an excellent example of how much learning can take place outside of the classroom.