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Sasiwaans Immersion School celebrates

Joseph V. Sowmick - December 21, 2015

In an effort to provide bonus coverage, Team Observer joined the Sasiwaans Immersion School at they presented their annual Christmas program on Dec. 17 in a packed Eagles Nest Tribal Gym.  Anishinaabe Language and Revitalization Department Interim Director Misty Pelcher served as the emcee and coordinated the event.

Lead Instructor Edward Trudeau and Secondary Instructor Carrie Heron was also on stage encouraging the students.  “The Maangoonsag class sang “Jingle Bells” and the “Head and Shoulders” song in the Anishnaabemowin. The students did a great job performing and the parents were delighted to see their child on stage and using the language,” Trudeau said.  “The staff at Sasiwaans would like to thank all the parents that came out to our performance … Chi-miigwetch!”

Heron thought that her kids, the Maangoonsak class, did a wonderful job during our performance at the Sasiwaans Christmas Program.  “They weren’t shy and sang in Anishnaabemowin.  It was a great way to show parents and the community the language that they are learning here at the Sasiwaans immersion school,” Heron said.  “I even had a grandparent come up to me and say how she was so surprised her grandson got up there and did it.  He’s usually so shy.  All the classes did great and I’m so proud of our students.”


Secondary Language Specialist Yvette Pitawanakwat informs the Megisiisag, Room 200 class taught by Primary Language Specialist Patricia Osawamick, sang “Naangohns, naangohns” (Twinkle, twinkle, little star).


A full story on the event will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Tribal Observer.

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