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Brooklands Elementary School and NorWest Co-op Community Health recently collaborated on International Women’s Day to celebrate Women and Literacy.
The event focused on the power of storytelling as a medium for a message of empowerment and equality. Against a backdrop of student art inspired by famous female Canadian artists, the special guests shared inspirational and personal stories with Grade 4 and 5 students.
Elder Ivy Chaske welcomed everyone, and reminded students of the importance of the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next, and of the important role that women play in Indigenous culture.
Sonya Ballantyne, a local filmmaker and author of stories and comic books, spoke on the Power of Story. As a child, Sonya recognized the absence of diversity in books, which led her to develop her own characters.  Sonya was recently recognized by Barbie as part of its campaign to showcase inspirational women. She is also the first Aboriginal woman to be part of a panel at the San Diego Comic Con.
Alliana Rempel, a 12-year-old from Arborg, read aloud from her book, One. Alliana was inspired by the story of Malala Yousafzai.  She has been involved in philanthropic activities since she was five years old, and 100 per cent of the proceeds from her current project, Battle the Bad with Beauty, will go towards the building of a school in Nicaragua.
The event continued across the field at the NorWest facility, where journalist Cate Friesen, conducted a storytelling workshop. During Everyone has a Story, students and their families were engaged in sharing some very powerful accounts with the group. The NorWest staff concluded the afternoon by reading selections of short stories about influential women.
“I think the event was immensely powerful, not only because it highlights global and local issues, but because it was an empowering moment for our students to see themselves as change makers,” said Brooklands teacher Alexis Kriewald. 
“Using their voices, they can change the world, and do a great deal of good for those who may not have the opportunity to use their voices. Our hope is that they will be inspired to make change because they all have something to contribute and something to say.”
Principal Rex Ferguson-Baird recognizes and appreciates this important partnership between the NorWest resource centre, the school and families, working together to strengthen the entire community.
It takes a village to raise a child, and we should all be proud to be a part of that.

Brooklands Elementary School and NorWest Co-op Community Health recently collaborated on International Women’s Day to celebrate Women and Literacy.

The event focused on the power of storytelling as a medium for a message of empowerment and equality. Against a backdrop of student art inspired by famous female Canadian artists, the special guests shared inspirational and personal stories with Grade 4 and 5 students.

Photo by Wanda Prychitko Elder Ivy Chaske welcomed particpants to a symposium on Women and Literacy put on by Brooklands School and NorWest Community Co-op.

Elder Ivy Chaske welcomed everyone, and reminded students of the importance of the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next, and of the important role that women play in Indigenous culture.

Sonya Ballantyne, a local filmmaker and author of stories and comic books, spoke on the Power of Story. As a child, Sonya recognized the absence of diversity in books, which led her to develop her own characters.  Sonya was recently recognized by Barbie as part of its campaign to showcase inspirational women. She is also the first Aboriginal woman to be part of a panel at the San Diego Comic Con.

Alliana Rempel, a 12-year-old from Arborg, read aloud from her book, One. Alliana was inspired by the story of Malala Yousafzai.  She has been involved in philanthropic activities since she was five years old, and 100 per cent of the proceeds from her current project, Battle the Bad with Beauty, will go towards the building of a school in Nicaragua.

The event continued across the field at the NorWest facility, where journalist Cate Friesen, conducted a storytelling workshop. During Everyone has a Story, students and their families were engaged in sharing some very powerful accounts with the group. The NorWest staff concluded the afternoon by reading selections of short stories about influential women.

“I think the event was immensely powerful, not only because it highlights global and local issues, but because it was an empowering moment for our students to see themselves as change makers,” said Brooklands teacher Alexis Kriewald. 

“Using their voices, they can change the world, and do a great deal of good for those who may not have the opportunity to use their voices. Our hope is that they will be inspired to make change because they all have something to contribute and something to say.”

Principal Rex Ferguson-Baird recognizes and appreciates this important partnership between the NorWest resource centre, the school and families, working together to strengthen the entire community.

It takes a village to raise a child, and we should all be proud to be a part of that.

Wanda Prychitko

Wanda Prychitko
St. James-Assiniboia community correspondent

Wanda Prychitko is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia.

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