In its second year, Zoongeheshkwaad is a student art exhibit by elementary and high school students of the Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic School Board. The exhibit name, Zoongeheshkwaad, was suggested by Isaac Murdoch, an Ojibwe knowledge carrier who does a lot of work in Upper Grand. Loosely translated, it means to help someone move forward in a good way, to encourage others to move ahead together.
This is a perfect summary of what we are working on in our boards by talking about, studying, learning and celebrating indigenous ways of knowing. Artists and artisans worked with teachers and students throughout the year, and over 100 teachers participated in various professional development sessions to build their own capacity for creating inclusive educational spaces for students to explore indigenous perspectives in their schools.
The student art show features more than 100 pieces of student art inspired by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Culture and Art from 30 participating schools. The art spans the bookstore and the upstairs bistro and can be veiwed daily from 9am - 9pm in the bookstore, and from 5pm - 10pm, Tuesday through Saturday, in the bistro. Zoongeheshkwaad will be on display until the end of August.