“Our dancers will now dance the Warrior’s Dance for our graduates.”
And the drums began to beat a familiar rhythm,
And the dancers took their places and embodied the warriors
And the crowd fell silent
The scene at the Aboriginal Education Graduation on Tuesday was one of pride, of celebration, of history, and of course, recognition of our graduates.
Many of the graduates arrived via a short canoe trip, and pulled up to the shore to the sound of song, the sight of their families, and the smell of the delicious dinner awaiting them. Once on shore to meet their friends, the group was walked into the ceremony and the festivities began.
The gathering started around community and food started with spontaneous drumming and singing breaking out as we came together.
As the crowd finished dinner the dancers started, and honoured the graduates with numerous dances, including the Warrior’s Dance.
Finally, each graduate was called to the front and presented with their gift. Hugs, handshakes, and high-fives greeted each one of them.
Huy’ tsep’q’u to everyone for making this celebration a wonderful event.