Strathcona Christian Academy (SCA) Elementary is getting creative while learning about Indigenous perspective.
The school’s Grade 1 classes took part in a recent First Nations Food Tasting, a hands-on learning experience aimed at teaching students about Indigenous culture, perspective and history.
“What we want is to create hands-on learning experiences to deepen knowledge and facilitate understanding around Indigenous culture, perspectives and history that, until now, has largely been untold,” said Janet Vader, the First Nation, Métis and Inuit lead teacher at SCA Elementary.
Students got to try traditional tea, moose, elk, goose and duck meat, wild-rice, bannock, squash, corn, potatoes and dried fruit.
“Other than an initial resistance to the vegetable station, the students loved the food,” added Vader. “They were all excited, receptive and generally surprised by how much work traditionally went into preparing food comparing it to today’s standards where you can get anything you want by walking into a grocery store or ordering from McDonald’s.”
The day kicked off with a short lesson plan around how traditional Indigenous food was sourced, prepared and preserved to last.
Students also got to see and touch various traditional tools used to hunt, such as an arrowhead made of stone and a fish hook made of bone.