MVHS Teepee Raising Wednesday October, 18, 2017

Posted: October 19, 2017

On Wednesday October 18, 2017, Miramichi Valley High School raised a teepee in the courtyard outside the Cultural Room. This event introduced students to teepee teachings in an interactive way by constructing and dressing the teepee together. Selected students from grades 9-12 had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and erect a teepee making memories they won’t soon forget. The school welcomed (p’jilasi) Mi’kmaq Elder Tulley Paul from Metepenagiag, Drug and Alcohol Counselor John Paul from Esgenoopetitj, Youth Worker Bobby Sylliboy from Esgenoopetitj, Youth Mentor Julian Augustine from Metepenagiag as well as people from district office demonstrating an act of reconciliation in action! This marks the third time, in as many years, that MVHS has erected a teepee celebrating Indigenous identity. Although this type of teepee was not a common dwelling for the Mi’kmaq people and is more associated with the Indigenous peoples of the Plains, Mi’kmaq people did use a similar structure called a wigwam (wikuom). You can learn more about this by following the link below.