Being on the land promotes physical, mental and spiritual wholeness.
Ian McInroy of the Barrie Examiner writes in Wellness day more than a walk in Springwater Provincial Park:
Students experienced a variety of events that can contribute to positive overall wellness.
Barrie North staff led sessions on activities such as guitar playing and song-writing, Tai Chi, hiking, food and mood, among other things.
“We are also fortunate to have Beausoleil First Nations staff leading a medicine walk, drum circle and other sessions,” said Barrie North vice-principal Peter Bowman, who is part of the wellness team at the Grove Street school.
Beausoleil First Nations have operated Springwater in partnership with Ontario Parks since July 2015.
Bowman said having First Nations representatives take part was important.
“We are here in this part of the world and they were here a long time ago and had a whole bunch of things figured out,” he said. “I think we can learn from that and they are looking at doing some great things here at Springwater (park).”
And what do the students think?
Barrie North student Sam Sampson watched Beausoleil First Nations member Steve Beedie lead a fire-bow demonstration.
“Having First Nations here today is amazing,” she said, after watching fellow student Bree-Anne Bessey coaxing some smoke from the fire bow. “They were here before us. This is their land and we get to learn about their culture.