City’s recognition of National Indigenous History Month a ‘good step’ – Orillia News

by ahnationtalk on June 6, 2023127 Views

‘We are proud as a council … to be recognizing and celebrating the stories, culture and heritage of our friends, residents and neighbours’ of Rama, says mayor

In acknowledgement of National Indigenous History Month, the Mnjikaning Kendaawasin Elementary School Choir sang a rendition of O Canada and Lorraine McCrae’s Ojibwe Prayer Song in a video presented at the start of Monday’s city council meeting.

Led by teacher Fay Mackenzie, the version of the national anthem sung reflected the relationship the First Nation has with the land, she said.

“We sing the song O Canada, but it’s not the same as the O Canada you hear at … games or other occasions,” Mackenzie said. “This song is sung to the tune of that song, but it’s talking more about our relationship with the land. It’s the place where we come from, and we hold it in very high regard and consider it to be a sacred place.”

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