All Our Relations: A Canada 150+ Celebration transformed the hallways of Livingstone elementary into a photo gallery to honour the students' histories, as
To recognize Canada 150, the K-7 students at David Livingstone embarked on an inquiry to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their families' historical connections to Canada. Students and staff examined how their aboriginal or settler history has contributed to the ongoing story of Canada. The result of their personal inquiries was a school-wide event and photography exhibit called All Our Relations: A Canada 150+ Celebration.
Organized by our teacher-librarian, Ms Geri, and supported by many parent volunteers and staff alike, the hallways of Livingstone were transformed into an exhibit of photographs featuring each student's earliest Canadian relative and an accompanying story of the family's beginnings or history in Canada. Students interviewed family members near and far to complete their research and, consequently, learned many things about themselves and about each other.
The Livingstone community furthered honoured our histories by arriving at school for our event dressed as one of our ancestors. After entering the "Dominion of Canada" via the Livingstone Port of Entry, our day kicked off with a very Canadian assembly during which Elder Roberta Price welcomed us, an RCMP constable in red serge stood "on guard", Sir John A. Macdonald addressed the people of Canada and a grade six student, Zoey, performed God Save the Queen.
Throughout the day, dressed in kilts, button blankets, military uniforms, gowns and sari's, students participated in activities that celebrated Canadian history and that honoured indigenous peoples' contributions to that history. Our library was transformed into a CBC recording studio, our undercover area became a blacksmith shop, the resource room was renamed the RCMP Break-Out and classrooms became centres for maple syrup taste tests, canoe workshops, campfire sing-alongs, games, trivia and, most of all, heart-warming discussions about what it is to be Canadian.
Through photographs and family histories, our hallways tell a story of Canada that celebrates our country's diversity and that is personally meaningful to our David Livingstone community. Happy Birthday Canada!
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