Peacock students learn from Elder Noel Starblanket

Lisa Goudy
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Chavez Taypayosatum of the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association (WACA) dancers performs the chicken dance for Grade 7 Prairie South School Division students at Connor Park Thursday.

Students at Peacock Collegiate heard the stories of Elder Noel Starblanket on Friday morning.

His presentation focused on treaties, residential schools and worldview.

“I call this the age of enlightenment for understanding the history of European peoples meeting the indigenous peoples,” he said after the presentation. “History that has largely been ignored up to this point is now becoming part of the education system and I’m happy to be part of it.”

Starblanket, born in 1946, is a member of the Starblanket reserve and is involved with Treaty 4 government. He was elected chief of his reserve in 1971 at age 24 and was the youngest chief in Canada at the time.

Students had positive reactions to the presentation, with several of them stating they found it engaging and informative.

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Geographic location: Canada

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