'Eskibak' New Beginnings: St David Catholic Elementary School, N'swakamok - Sudbury, On
(Anishnaabemowin) New beginnings, the dawn of a new day


This film is a case study on best practices in Indigenous education in a K to 6  Primary Catholic School Setting.  As an elementary school dedicated to Indigenous education, the provincial curriculum taught at St David is adapted to local Anishnaabe education philosophies and practices.   Grounded within the ethic of respect for the whole person (mind, body, and spirit), teaching at St David is student driven, inquiry based, and encompassing of outdoor experiential education opportunities.  In response to the learning needs and interests of the students, Elders, Knowledge Holders and teachers help the students along their learning paths both in the classroom, out in the school grounds, and on school trips to a diversity of natural environments.  

Acknowledgement Protocol

Please read this Acknowledgement before the start of this video to respect the knowledge that is being shared and the Land of the People where the knowledge originates:

With great respect, we would like to acknowledge the elders and traditional knowledge holders who shared their wisdom and guidance in the making of this film.  We whole heartedly extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live and learn on the territory of the Anishinaabe Peoples, ancestors and all of creation.

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This video is primarily intended for:

Indigenous Communities

Creative Team

Name Role/Job Title Place
Dawn Marie Wemigwans Principal, St. David Catholic Elementary School Sudbury, ON
Ginette Toivonen Indigenous Lead, Sudbury Catholic District School Board Sudbury, ON
Dawn Fielding Native Language Teacher, St. David Catholic Elementary School Sudbury, ON
Will Morin Parent and Community Member Sudbury, ON
Terri-Lynn Lepage Grade 3 Teacher, St. David Catholic Elementary School Sudbury, ON
Lynsie Royer Grade 1 Teacher, St. David Catholic Elementary School Sudbury, ON
Joel Agowissa Indigenous Support Worker, Sudbury District Catholic School Board Sudbury, ON
Vince Pawis Elder, St. David Catholic Elementary School Sudbury, ON
Brandon Gray Filmmaker Sudbury, ON
Kevin Fitzmaurice NCCIE Project Lead, Northeast Ontario Sudbury, ON
Crystal Osawamick NCCIE Project Assistant Sudbury, ON
Ashley Nadjiwon NCCIE Project Assistant Sudbury, ON

This video is about:

Best Practices in Indigenous Education at St. David Catholic Elementary School
in: N'Swakamok / Sudbury , ON

Video Details

Length of Video 16:32 minutes
Is there content in this video that is inappropriate to show young children? No


Please contact Kevin Fitzmaurice  for more information.