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Northern Spirit Games


Grade Fives practicing for the Opening Ceremonies with Mrs. Malcolm. The opening ceremonies are based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and honour the gifts of Mother Earth, reminding students of their sacred connection to nature. Métis guest presenters will engage students with storytelling, music and cultural teachings, both before and after the athletic events.


Students in foyer

Since 2002 over 22,000 students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 have participated in the annual athletic, cultural and spiritual celebrations that take place at a number TCDSB sites.  This year one of our Grade five classes has been chosen to attend and also lead the games with the liturgy.


The games involve ten indoor and outdoor activities based on traditional First Nations, M’étis and Inuit games, which focus on physical strength, agility and endurance.  Each day’s activities are run by trained secondary student leaders from the hosting high school. The Games emphasize team work and introduce students to sports and activities still alive in northern communities. The Northern Spirit Games are part of the Board’s larger First Nations, Métis and Inuit initiatives, including curriculum development, teacher workshops and twinning with Northern communities.