Kapawe’no First Nation – With the early morning Nêhiyawêwin session virtually conducted in the studio at Kapawe’no Nêhiyawak School, a cherished melody gracefully unfolds through the hallways. Following the performance by the Muskwak Juniors under the guidance of Mr. Cory Cardinal Jr, the ‘Waniska’ (Sunrise Song) led by Megan Pfefferle, accompanied by the rhythmic beats from Ms. Sam Tomkins’ Grade 5/6 class, invites a serene ambiance that blends seamlessly with the morning’s session.
The lyrics of ‘Waniska’ – “Waniska Petapan oma” (Wake up! The sun is coming), “Asay piyesisak ki-nikamowak” (The birds are already singing), “Pe-miyonakwan kitaskinaw” (How beautiful this land of ours is) – carry a profound essence of Nêhiyawak heritage. Through each note, Megan strides forward a sense of belonging and identity among the young minds, nurturing a bond with a legacy stretching through time. Her voice, rich with ancestral whispers, fosters an environment where tradition flourishes amidst the modern educational ethos.
Megan’s diligence and respect for cultural protocols have propelled her into a significant role within the school. Her rendition of ‘Waniska’ has enriched the school’s daily routine, sowing seeds of cultural appreciation and understanding among her peers. The morning chant, under Megan’s gentle lead, has become a symbolic journey, reaffirming a connection to ancestral roots and instilling a profound sense of Nation and Nehiyawak way of life.
Last modified: October 28, 2023