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RETSD's IAA Team

April 21, 2020

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RETSD's Indigenous Academic Achievement (IAA) team is inviting students to participate in a virtual drum circle with Lisa Aymont Hunter, Ishkode Obimiwidoon/Indigenous Community Networker. These drum circles will occur every Friday at noon via Microsoft TEAMS.

During the virtual drum circles, Ms. Aymont Hunter will share Indigenous stories and lead a drum song. Afterwards, students will have the opportunity to engage in a self-guided creative activity to add to the teachings. Students who do not have access to hand drums at home can still participate using other types of percussion instruments.

On the advice of Elders, only students who have previously sat in circle with IAA cultural teachers and learned about drums and songs are being invited to participate. If those students wish, they can also invite family members to observe or participate. Instructions for staff and students to connect will be sent by email.

The IAA team hopes this initiative helps students continue on their learning journey and provides a sense of normalcy, community and togetherness during this time of separation.