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SJCI presents at National Conference

April 27, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 1.24.44 PM.pngA group of St. James Collegiate students delivered a powerful presentation at the 2018 National UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Conference. 

The UNESCO Conference took place on Friday, April 27 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Social Justice team from St. James Collegiate, consisting of 10 students and two teachers, St. James Collegiate teacher Ms. Frolek and Indigenous Education teacher Mrs. Waters, all attended the event and shared a special performance they have been working on for quite some time.  The 15-minute play, titled "Moving Toward Truth and Reconciliation," highlights many significant details of Indigenous peoples and the settler relationship throughout Canadian history. From the days of early trading to the legislation of the Indian Act, the play also covered the policies leading up to residential schools and the ‘60s Scoop. As the team concluded their performance at the National Conference, they received a standing ovation from their attentive, passionate audience. This play has also been performed in front of the Manitoba UNESCO family of schools in December, as well as at St. James Collegiate and George Waters Middle School as part of Orange Shirt Day 2017. We are very proud of our SJASD students for initially coming up with the idea to create this play, and for having the courage to share it on a national stage to help engage learners across the country. Congratulations to all involved in the project!

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