Cedars, drums, and green thumbs

Cedars, drums, and green thumbs
Posted on 05/03/2023
The school grounds at St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic School in Bradford are a little greener today.  On May 2, 2023 the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority (LSRCA) delivered over 100 cedar bushes and other shrubs to the school. The generous donation is part of an LSRCA initiative to encourage the community to take action towards improving the environment. 

The school’s front field was filled with activity. An LSRCA representative demonstrated proper planting technique. Students were excited to dig holes, plant their shrubs (green-end up!) and spread mulch. The event also provided a unique opportunity for students to foster relationships. Younger students were paired with helpers from higher grades, working together to carefully plant the shrubs. 

The school welcomed special guests, SMCDSB Director of Education Frances Bagley, and Hayley Williamson, from the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. Hayley spoke to the students about the significance of cedar and tobacco in Indigenous communities. Director Bagley lending a handShe emphasized the importance of caring for the land and its resources. Williamson then led a smudging ceremony, drummed, and sang an Ojibwa song of blessing. The students were invited to sprinkle a tobacco offering over their new garden.

 "We're thrilled to partner with the LSRCA and Hayley Williamson," said Jennifer Jeffries, principal at St. Jean de Brébeuf. "This project is a wonderful example of working together to make a positive impact on our environment and strengthen our community at the same time."

We thank the St. Jean de Brébeuf community. This is a wonderful example of their commitment to creating a better future for all, one cedar at a time.