Fall Harvest

An elder puts some bannock dough on a tsick so a student can roast it over the fire.

Started in 2007, the Fall Harvest sees students in Grades 4-5 travel to Pow Wow Island on Wauzhushk Onigum Nation. After an opening prayer, drumming and an offering of tobacco, students visit different stations set up by community members. Each station highlights a different skill or traditional teaching that relates to harvesting in preparation for winter.

Some of the skills students learn include making bannock, beading, gathering and preparing food including fish, geese and deer, building a wigwam and harvesting wild rice.

Every year around 200 students from Kenora Catholic participate in the Fall Harvest. The event emphasizes the importance of preserving First Nation culture and teachings as well as community building.

A student stirs some wild rice while someone looks on at the annual fall harvest.

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