North West attends Niji Mahkwa's Heritage Fair
Employees of The North West Company got a first-hand glimpse of Aboriginal culture through the eyes of a child at the Niji Mahkwa School annual Heritage Fair on Wednesday May 2, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As a part of our Adopt-A-School program, North West employees spent the afternoon touring the Heritage Fair which featured a wide array of student projects covering Aboriginal heritage and culture across Canada. The Nor’ Westers who attended were impressed by the hard work students had put in.
“I loved it, it was the best part of my day” said Jennifer Ching project assistant at NWC. “The kids had interesting projects and it was an awesome way to share what they had learned. I don’t know whose smiles were bigger? Mine or theirs.”
“I wasn’t expecting it to be so culturally driven. It was eye opening to see how much these kids knew about their culture and how passionate they sounded,” said Angie Zubrin, graphic designer at NWC.
“I found it cool to hear that these kids still have relatives living traditionally this way in such an advanced world.”
Niji Mahkwa School is a Nursery to Grade 8 public school that offers Aboriginal culturally based and linguistic learning. Students learn about their culture and partake daily in traditional Aboriginal religious activities
The Adopt-A-School program began this spring where volunteers from NWC visit the school each week as reading buddies for Grades 1 and 2 students. For NWC, working with the students to improve their reading while providing mentorship and friendship is an opportunity the company was eager to participate in.
The Adopt-a-School program will run until the end of the school year, however, Nor’ Westers are gearing up for the 2012-2013 school year where they look to increase their volunteer time by growing the reading buddies program, implementing lunch programs, and sports activities.