Sudbury – CSPGNO students reproduced an indigenous medicine wheel during a rally held on June 6. The Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario (CSPGNO) organized this First Nations and Métis Activity to mark the International Year of Indigenous Languages and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21).
More than 400 CSPGNO elementary school students in grades 6, 7 and 8 were reunited behind the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Sudbury following a concert by the band Les Rats d’Swompe presented as part of St-Jean Day festivities.
Four hundred caps (100 yellow, 100 red, 100 white and 100 black) were distributed to students, who were then invited to put them on and take their positions in their respective sections to reproduce the form of a medicine wheel. Photos were taken from a raised elevator platform and a time-lapse video was created to capture the movements of students from one direction to the next (North, South, East and West) as they created a living medicine wheel.
The medicine wheel is used by First Nations as a way to link human beings with the cycles of nature and to restore harmony. Traditionally, the term ‘medicine wheel’ relates to the circle, specifically the ‘circle of life.’ Indigenous people recognize the medicine wheel’s power to restore physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual balance. It serves as a key to understanding the universe, self-awareness and holistic health and it expresses teachings about life, interrelations and the transformations that all things undergo.
Recognized for its keen sense of innovation and openness to the world, CSPGNO offers a French-language public education of the highest quality in eleven elementary schools and eight secondary schools in the communities of Markstay, Noëlville, Greater Sudbury, Elliot Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Dubreuilville, Marathon, Manitouwadge and Longlac.