Campion Celebrates 100 Years
Our students joined Campion College to celebrate their 100 years of operation on December 1. Our drumming group, "Buffalo Boys" started the celebration with an Honor Song. Many of the Campion Community members helped form Mother Teresa Middle School. MTMS has a long way to go to accomplish the 100-year mark, but with the support and leadership of Campion College faculty and staff we have our eyes set for this achievement.
"Campion College was founded in 1917 as the Catholic College of Regina. The college originally began as a secondary school for boys, and later offered undergraduate Arts courses as a junior college of the University of Saskatchewan. In 1965, Campion College became a federated college of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, which is now the University of Regina. With the closure of the high school on 23rd Avenue in 1975, Campion College became solely an undergraduate college at the University of Regina. Campion is the only Jesuit undergraduate college in Canada, and a center of educational excellence offering academic programs and services in partnership with the University of Regina, Luther College, and First Nations University of Canada." ( http://campio ncollege.ca/about-us/100th-anniversary)
Bringing Back the Buffalo
In the spring of 2016 MTMS began an exciting partnership with the Bringing Back the Buffalo Program, which is led by Lorne Kequahtooway. Bringing Back the Buffalo aims at educating students of the significance and spirit of the buffalo. As Lorne would say, “The spirit of the Buffalo runs through First Nations people, it is in our blood”. Along with the education component, Bringing Back the Buffalo also has buffalo hide tanning workshops and MTMS was excited to host one in partnership with Saskatchewan Arts Board and City of Regina at the Neil Balkwill Centre.
Leading up to the workshop MTMS students, staff and the community started with a sweat at the Piapot First Nations led by Elder Murray Ironchild (Jumbo). The week was opened and closed with a pipe ceremony. Every day a few students at a time would take turns at scraping the hide. During the workshop MTMS hosted students and their families to a BBQ and the chance to scrape the buffalo and participate in the workshop.
In Fall 2016 MTMS was given a traditional drum that was made with hide that the students had scraped. Most recently the students have been using parts of the hide to make crafts such as rattles and jewellery. We are very grateful for this learning opportunity.