École les Cyprès is the only francophone school in Medicine Hat, now in operation for seventeen years. We presently have 90 students from kindergarten to grade 12, 25 at the high school level and 65 at the elementary level.
Our students, teachers, and staff are very excited to work with Trickster Theatre in the 2017-18 school year to put on our show on French and Métis History.
We greatly appreciate your help and look forward to sharing our finished work with you!
Full Project Summary
École Les Cyprès will focus on French and Métis History of Canada. Performance segments will work through the history of French Canadian culture, including the immigration of French people to Canada, the integration between French and First Nations people, the settlement of Southern Alberta by French and Métis people, and the current status of French and Métis culture.
To research these topics, students will reach out to local organizations such as the Miywasin Centre, which offers Métis genealogy resources and traditional performance workshops, and provincial organizations like the Métis Nation of Alberta. Students will discuss these topics with their parents and other family members to get their input on French Canadian culture. This will also be a chance to learn of any personal links to First Nations and Métis history.
Project OutcomeTo begin, our chosen theme French and Métis History of Canada is a great way to start a discussion about our Francophone heritage as it relates to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures within our country. Next, we can explore the impact and contributions of First Nations people within that history. Though this is partially done through the social studies curriculum, the learning will certainly become more concrete through the creative process. Exploring the history of First Nations people as it intertwines with the French culture in Canada, we are hopeful students can also gain a better appreciation of the struggles that are involved with preserving a culture within an Anglophone majority.
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