First Nations, Metis and Inuit Feather Ceremony and Metis Sash Celebration

First Nations, Metis and Inuit graduates were recognized on Tuesday at Victoria Park High School during the Feather Ceremony and Metis Sash Celebration.

In all, 30 graduates, from Chinook High School, Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, Winston Churchill High School and Victoria Park High School were honoured at the graduation event.

Victoria Park grads included Grace-Lynn Allary, Cheyenne Marie Allen, Domineque Black Plume, Sasha Chief Body-Beebe, Payton Crow Spreads His Wings, Jayme First Rider, Beau Knowlton, Karisma Naumann, Brianna Nielson, Autumn-Sky Paul, Gavin Sharp Adze and Michaela Van Buskirk.

Winston Churchill’s Tapanga Beddome, Bowen Cote, Zelly Rose Lutz, Buddy Many Fingers, Tavan Meyer and Kahsha Shingoose were also recognized.

Chinook High School’s grads were Brennen Clemens, Caitlyn Diana Dawn Dixon, Jenna Dunne, Tyler Good Dagger, Aiden Jones, Austin Little Shields, Aurora Spears and Amy Vaka

The Lethbridge Collegiate Institute grads were McKenna Bare Shin Bone, Jordan Calladine, Charlie Day Chief and Echo Sulin.

The event featured a welcoming prayer by Travis Plaited Hair, entertainment by Ryder Frank, an honour song by Troy Delaney and a Kainai Achievement Awards presentation.

Each year, Lethbridge School District No. 51’s FNMI program honours Aboriginal graduates with eagle feathers that are blessed by an elder, through a Blackfoot ceremony.  The eagle feather is given to the students to provide guidance and strength in the time of need. It will guide students to complete their educational pursuits and fulfill their dreams.

The Métis sash with its distinctive colours of red, blue, white, green and black is a symbol of cultural distinction and an important part of traditional dress. It is composed of many interconnected threads and patterns, as are the lives of the Métis that have been woven together from a variety of cultures.  Presentation of a sash is considered a great honour and it is worn with pride and esteem. The sash is worn by all members of the Métis Nation as a symbol of nationhood and pride, and is presented to Métis Graduates by the Métis Nation.

Date posted: June 15, 2017