Sudbury Catholic District School Board
November 02, 2020

St. David Students Participate in the Traditional Fall Harvesting of Sage

Students sit outside on rocks

At St. David School, the students, in partnership with local community leaders, have the opportunity to learn on the land. Part of “learning on the land” involves learning about traditional medicines and the appropriate harvesting of these medicines to ensure that a rich plant ecological community continues to grow each year.

This fall, with the leadership of Mr. Will Morin, the school’s Ojibwe Language students harvested sage that was planted by a previous Ojibwe Language class. Sage, along with sweetgrass, cedar and tobacco, is one of the four sacred medicines in Anishnawbek culture. It is used in prayers and ceremonies.

The students of St. David Catholic School harvested and dried the sage and will be soon bundling it as to prepare it for use in smudging and ceremonies.

According to Mrs. Dawn Fielding, the Ojibwe Language teacher, “One of the most meaningful things that we can do for our students is connect them to the land. Our school community is privileged to be nestled in nature and have access to wonderful traditional people to support new learning for our students on the land.”

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