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Indigenous Storyteller Captivates Students at iLead Day
Storyteller Daniel Richer Addresses iLead Day in Kemptville
Posted on 02/21/2018

February 21, 2017 (Kemptville, ON) - Nearly 120 students attended the Upper Canada District School Board iLead Day Wednesday, February 14th  in Kemptville, discovering the importance of traditional Indigenous values and the benefits they can bring to our lives.

Motivational speaker Daniel Richer shared traditional Indigenous stories at the event, held at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. Richer, who is of Abénakis descent, shared Indigenous stories of The Creator and spun morality tales used by Indigenous peoples to demonstrate the value of integrity, honesty, living in harmony with others and the earth, and listening in a respectful fashion.

The speaker shared how Indigenous culture values the elderly for their knowledge and experience, in contrast to those of European descent, who place a value on youth and youthful appearance.

“They (Indigenous elderly) don’t try to hide the lines in their eyes because they are the roads that they have travelled,” said Richer. “What elders can provide is this volume of knowledge gained throughout their lives that we can all learn from.”

He also spoke of the importance Indigenous culture places on gratitude and encouraged students to focus on the positives in their lives.

“Every night you get to sleep in a bed,” he said. “Do you know how many people are homeless?”

The day included a workshop in which students built traditional Indigenous talking sticks, used in sharing circles, to regulate who is allowed to speak.

While the presentation was filled with life lessons, Richer was careful to deliver them in a light-hearted way, stressing Indigenous culture emphasizes the need to experience joy in life and have a sense of humour.

For more information, please contact:

Bill Montgomery
Indigenous Education Lead
Upper Canada District School Board
(613) 340-8101


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