Thames Valley Students Participate in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Leadership Camp
Through the support of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, ninety-five students from five school Boards in the London West region met at Camp Onondaga Farms in St. George, Ontario in May for an incredible First Nations, Métis and Inuit Leadership camp experience entitled “The Spirit Awakes”! The school boards that partnered in this venture were Thames Valley, London District Catholic, Greater Essex Catholic, St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent.
The camp experience included a number of teambuilding initiatives, outdoor activities and occasion for reflection and relationship building. Interwoven throughout the four days of camp were opportunities for all participants to learn about the unique culture and traditions of the First Nations communities represented in the nearby territories. The key focus of the camp was for each student to construct their own hand drum, participate in a Drum Wake Ceremony and learn through the teachings that were shared by cultural teacher, Bill Hill. In addition, students played lacrosse, learned how to make a wampum belt, took part in a social and participated in language and history lessons which included Lenape, Oneida and Ojibway Languages.
Chaperones and students left the four day camp feeling exhilarated and excited about their rich cultural experiences.