Harmony in Progress: Kapawe’no Nêhiyawak School’s Musical Journey continues

September 14, 2023

Kapawe’no First Nation – At Kapawe’no Nêhiyawak School, the numbers are on the rise, and so is the music program through the Buffalo Bay Academy. The start of the school year has been nothing short of remarkable, with a transformation taking place. Guided by the passionate leadership of Mr. Fred Mack, our school is experiencing the magic of music like never before, weaving Nêhiyawak and contemporary melodies.

The music program has been a powerful tool for personal growth and nation building. Mr. Fred Mack’s vision for the music program extends far beyond teaching notes and rhythms. It’s about fostering a sense of belonging, discipline, and creativity among the students.

The school year kicked off with an impressive start, as grade 7-12 students embarked on a two-day startup workshop. This workshop was graced by expert instructors from Edmonton, who dedicated their time and knowledge to nurture the young talents. With wind and brass instruments in hand, these students embarked on a musical journey that promises to be both challenging and rewarding.
One of the goals on the horizon is the prospect of performing at the Alberta International Band Festival. It’s an event that will showcase the students’ musical prowess and in-still in them a sense of accomplishment and pride. This goal serves as an absolute shining star, motivating our students to persist through countless hours of practice.

While the students embrace contemporary instruments, they also honor their Nêhiyawak way. This unique blend of tradition and innovation is at the heart of their musical identity. The use of Nêhiyawêwin, the language of the Nêhiyawak, adds depth and authenticity to their performances. Traditional instruments like hand drums, rattles, and flutes are brought to life, echoing the ancestral spirits.

Last modified: October 2, 2023

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