Lighting of sacred fire, opening prayer kicks off First Annual Uniting our Nation Celebrations

March 10, 2023

Kapawe’no First Nation – Students, staff, leaders and members gathered at Kapawe’no Nehiyawahk Kiskinahamâtowikamik (School) to participate in the opening ceremonies of the First Annual Uniting our Nation Celebrations, Friday 10 March, 2023. Boh Kubrakovich-Kiniw, Superintendent welcomed everyone during the lighting of the sacred fire. Tobacco was presented to Knowledge Keeper Diane Halcrow for the opening prayer to start off the event in the Nêhiyawak way. Farley Cardinal, of Sucker Creek honoured the lighting of the sacred fire and event with a beautiful drum song. Chief Syd Halcrow sent his regrets and sent a message to all participants to have fun and enjoy the events on the land.

Councillors Debbie Chalifoux and Pam Halcrow addressed the crowd with openings and welcoming statements. Bryan Richardson, Education Director thanked the organizers for getting to this level of organizing such as inspiring event for the nation, students and members.

Let the celebrations begin!

Flaming arrow shoot part of today’s amazing celebration

After the opening ceremonies students and staff at Kapawe’no Nehiyawahk Kiskinahamâtowikamik (School) were treated to a feast then the shooting of flaming arrows. The flaming arrows also known as fire arrows were used today to also kick off the amazing afternoon events. Using traditional long bows, the flaming arrows were sent into the air by Councillor Pam Halcrow, George Halcrow School Liasion and Support, and Boh Kubrakovich-Kiniw.

Rotating station events keep students and staff
very busy and active

Kapawe’no First Nation – Amazing events throughout the afternoon kept the students at Kapawe’no Nehiyawahk Kiskinahamâtowikamik (School) very busy and active on this cool winter day. The weather stayed fairly cool at times however the sun and fire kept our students and staff warm.
The students manage to rotate within the stations and had a great time.
Grades K-4 to 4; Hockey, Shooting gallery, Tobogganing and bannock on a stick till
Grades 5 to 12 – rotating stations included; Sled race, Hatchet throw, Bow saw, Snowshoeing , Tea boil and Bannock making
The Grade 2/3 class jump in and had some time to have a snowshoe race.
Our students and staff participated in the poster creations getting them ready for the day.
K4 – Apiscimosos
Grade 1 – Amisk
Grade 2-4 – Sakaw mostos
Grade 5-7 – Moswa
Grade 8-9 – Mahikan
Grade 10-12 – Kihew
“This was an amazing day and lots of fun” said Benny McLeod, Grade 4. ”I managed to participate in all the events”, Dominic Halcrow, Grade 6.


Last modified: March 11, 2023

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