Protecting our Planet: Rainbow schools value the importance of Noojmowin

MANITOULIN – Students in Rainbow Schools will research Indigenous perspectives on caring for Mother Earth this month. 

In the process, they will learn about Noojmowin, an Anishnaabe term for the holistic health and well-being of people, families, communities and the planet.

It’s all part of the Rainbow District School Board’s ongoing efforts to address climate change.

“In Rainbow Schools, we are committed to reducing our impact on the planet as well as sharing Indigenous perspectives, traditions and cultures with all students,” said Director of Education Norm Blaseg. 

 “According to our Indigenous educators and support staff, in Anishnaabe culture, winter is a time of storytelling and reconnecting with elders,” Mr. Blaseg continued. “It is an opportunity to foster a sense of overall wellness in ourselves and the world around us through teachings centered on Noojmowin.”

It is believed that during the longest hours of darkness, there is a rebirth of the sun during the winter solstice; the winter solstice holds a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection; and that it’s a time to support the healing for the Earth “Aki” and for personal healing through ceremony.

Rainbow District School Board’s Environmental Committee issues monthly challenges to staff and students during the school year.

Last month, students took part in World Paper Free Day.

What will next month’s challenge be?