A boisterous celebration of Anishinaabe culture and heritage takes place under sunny skies
M’CHIGEENG— The numbers may have been down due to the absence of the Rainbow District School Board elementary school contingent, but the Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute’s ( KTEI ) Annual Fall Harvest celebration was an unqualified success blessed with sunny skies and warm temperatures.
it “It is unfortunate that we are down about 300 students this year,” said Debbie Debassige, surmising that the current labour dispute between the RDSB, the province and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and work-to-rule restrictions on field trips may have been the reason.
The lack of RDSB students did little to dampen the atmosphere, however, as students and visitors lined up to participate in workshops and displays and to sample many nutritious snacks on offer.
There are few more delicious ways to explore heritage and culture than the KTEI Annual Fall Harvest, as there were food samples ranging from salsa (and the making thereof), pumpkin recipes, potato and carrots, apples, scone (both mini and full sized), tomatoes, beets, squash and zucchini, wild rice, corn (traditional harvest and preparation), peppercorn and spaghetti squash, and dried fruits and medicines.
Meanwhile the educational opportunities abounded, including beading, nature’s gifts in math, an interactive diabetes booth, medicine pouch making, crafts with sinew (courtesy of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation), trapping and fur (with former trapper elder Joe Laford), a medicine walk, regalia making, language instruction, drum making and both male and female drumming workshops, the four medicines teachings, Brighter Futures, Kina Gbezgomi Foster Care and traditional games with nature.