Culture comes to La Verendrye School Phys Ed classes
As La Verendrye School in Portage has been celebrating culture, their phys ed classes got involved through Voyageur games. Phys Ed teacher Mitchell Nelissen says it started with the younger kids doing an activity called the Screaming Eagle. "Basically, you scream as long as you have a scream left, " explains Nelissen. "Once you run out of scream and you have to stop walking, you have to plant your spirit stick into the ground, just to see how far you can go off of one breath." He says Portage Community Revitalization Corporation's Aaron Pierre visited them and shared another activity with the older students. "He taught them Dog Soldier," continues Nelissen. "You're trying to defend a flag with a sword. We just use a pool noodle and flag footballs for that. And then he also taught them a nice pushing game where you're trying to knock the other person off balance, and you have to push or pull." He explains Pierre is also wanting to form an Indigenous sports league, and the school is looking forward to cooperating with him in that endeavour. "He was trying to team up with Dakota Tipi where he does the games every year, " adds Nelissen. "I think he's trying to team up with them and get some of our Grade 4 to 6 students involved." Nelissen says the students enjoyed how the games quickly moved. "For example, when we played that Dog Soldier, the game lasted maybe five to ten seconds, and then the next person goes and they're doing really good in incorporating everybody and working as a team," says Nelissen. "Then at the end of individual games, they liked how we'll have a championship bracket and get to go against everybody. Then we'll see who the class champion is. They have a whole lot of fun with that."