Wellness project kicks off with First Nations rattle making

Clockwise starting in the front left, Gabrielle Rockwell, Issaiah Rockwell, Sophia Cyre (youth coordinator with the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre), Lucie Thornhill, and Reigne Arellano.
On March 2 after school, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy students learned how to make turtle rattles from Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre staff. This is part of a new initiative by the school to offer weekly art sessions.
Tannis Fiddler is organizing the events in collaboration with local organizations.
“Many of the sessions will have a cultural education piece,” she says.
Fiddler was hired by Living Waters Catholic School to provide wellness workshops and events for both St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School and St. Francis. This is part of a two-year mental health grant from the Alberta government.

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