Loyalist College journalism students embark on a field trip to the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to learn more about Indigenous culture near their local area.
The first stop is Quinte Mohawk School where the class met up with their guide to detail the history.
A wetland is located right in front of the school. A very unique feature where students can learn directly about it and serve as another classroom that is only a stone throw away.
Every mural in the school has a story. Students learn about all the stories each mural represents and marvel at the colourful art that bears the walls within the school.
Even the gymnasium walls tell a story in Quinte Mohawk. Particularly about their Thanksgiving story.
A First Nations flag representing the five nations coming together and standing united. One of the many stories Indigenous people have to tell.
The journalism students are able to appreciate the art and understand its significance.
We learn about fascinating facts they have and the relationships they have already established.
Students take a trip to an Anglican church where religion has always been a factor in Indigenous lives.
While there are subtle differences between their churches and others, there are many things that are also similar.
A graveyard sits outside the church with notable figures buried with monuments and gravestones.
A water treatment plant was shown to the students. The Indigenous people treasure their water and treat it as a gift. The take care of their water to make sure they themselves and others can enjoy it together.
A longhouse is shown to the students where various events such as celebrations, funerals and meetings are taken place. A specific seating order is in place for clans and visitors to sit. The longhouse smells of wood that is pleasing to the nose.
The students reflect upon the trip on what they have learned.