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St. John’s Day of Knowledge

Students and staff at St. John’s High School explored and celebrated Indigenous, African and Filipino culture as part of its annual Day of Knowledge.

The event, held June 6, offered presentations and workshops that promoted cultural awareness and community building. Among the many guest presenters and speakers were WSD Board Chair Sheri Rollins and MLA Nahanni Fontaine.

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"The Day of Knowledge is an inclusive celebration of arts and culture that highlights the diverse range of  students that make up the general population of St. John's High School," said St. John's Graduation Coach Stephanie Midford. "The Day of Knowledge is an exciting opportunity for staff and students to learn about different cultural perspectives through visual, performing, and culinary arts in addition to physical education, traditional teachings, as well as hands on work shops that are hosted by a wide range of presenters."

Students said the event has become an enduring school tradition.

“Day of Knowledge is about bringing unity to the community,” said student emcee Shay-Ann Jolicoeur. “We’re recognizing the people that live here and the people that help make this a better place. We’re trying to promote a better sense of community and embracing the diversity that lives within the North End and Winnipeg as a whole.”

Students look forward to expressing their artistic sides through cultural dance and music on the main stage in the school’s gymnasium.

“Every year, we try to add another culture…it’s becoming like a mini-Folklorama here at St. John’s,” said student emcee Lukighe Kissu. “It’s always good to showcase your traditions.”

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Shay-Ann said she hoped that students gained a stronger understanding of the many cultures at the school.

“We hope the average St. John’s kid comes away from today with a better sense of who they’re walking next to down the hallway and who they live next to. I hope they take away the similarities between these cultures.”

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