Elm Creek Grade 7 students Laseck B., Marco F., Kaley D., Olivia H., and Emma B. never expected to be performing for dignitaries at the Canadian Museum For Human Rights in Winnipeg but that’s exactly what the group of students’ puppet show ‘Kinikinik’ did for them.
“It was a great experience for the students to see the museum as well as a chance to present to a larger audience and spread the message they were trying to through Kinikinik,” said Elm Creek Teacher, Jackie deVries.
Every year the class does different reader’s theatre and drama productions, but this year the school held a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) meeting and deVries felt it would be great to include the play into the meeting.
“The students had the chance to present to teachers at the UNESCO meeting in October, and from there they were invited to present at the Prairie Rose School Division’s board meeting and our Provincial UNESCO board meeting for students and teachers in the Canadian Museum For Human Rights in Winnipeg,” she said.
Kinikinik is a treaty relations play that deVries received through an education kit the school had received through the Treaty Relations Commission. It’s a play based on three animal characters who tell the story of how treaties have been one of the building blocks of Canada.
“It was a wild adventure for the students and they were very excited about it,” added deVries. “It went from performing for other students and a couple of parents in the classroom to a large group at an incredible venue. They didn’t expect it but they were so happy they could share the message.”
She adds the students learned a lot while doing the play and it was amazing the students got to take part in such an incredible experience.