Today’s author visit with Corky Larsen-Jonasson, a First Nations elder, was just extraordinary. She taught us a little about her Cree culture, sharing circles, and smudging. She was moved to tears by the welcome she received here at IRIC, and she shared that our Cree Welcoming Song “Waniska”, which we use to open every music class, is one that her Kookum (grandmother) used to sing to her. We learned from her that the eagle, our IRIC mascot, is an important symbol in her culture for its strength, peace, and its connection to the creator. It soars high above the rest… we strive to do the same!
Thank you, Corky, for inspiring and teaching us today. It was a very special, memorable morning.