As part of the celebration for modern-day Canada’s 150th birthday, students and special guests took part in celebrations and activities around the school. These included a Canada Day ceremony with invited guests, Elder Bob Baker from the Squamish Nation, Mr Jonathan Wilkinson, Liberal MP for North Vancouver, RCMP Officer Rockwell, and past school Principal, Mr Stephen Smith, and his wife, Norma.
As well as the ceremony, Bodwell hosted day-long activities that students took part in to celebrate and experience Canadian culture, including hockey, line dancing and human-chuckwagon racing. On the actual day of Canada’s birthday, Saturday, 1st July, students from the boarding program went to the parade in North Vancouver and the concert/festivities at Canada Place.
See below for highlights from all three of these including 360 degree, timelapse and performance videos, as well as great photos including some from our talented student photographer, Den.
Bodwell 150 Ceremony on Friday, 30th June, 2017
360 Degree Timelapse of Students & Guests Arriving for the Ceremony (scroll to view within video)
360 Degree Video of Bodwell Community Singing the Canadian National Anthem (scroll to view within video)
Elder Bob Baker Performs Traditional Squamish Nation Song
Elder Bob Baker of the Squamish Nation, who resides in Capilano, explains how the coastal nations are the only people who wear paddles on their regalia. It signifies who they are as water people and how their culture stems from canoes.
This performance is a song about a woman who according to Bob’s ancestors was unable to walk but when the song was sung for her, she was able to walk and able to dance. The song represents the medicine of transition when going from one place to another and the power of the creator to make that happen without any mishaps or stumbling. It also represents a beginning and the song is used to bless canoes, homes and ceremonies that will be using cedar.
Bodwell was honoured to have Elder Bob Baker attend and perform at our assembly and we acknowledge the unceded territory of the Squamish Nation.
Bodwell Students Sing Happy Birthday on Canada’s 150th Birthday
Bodwell Teachers Play Shawn Mendes & 'Life is a Highway' by Tom Cochrane
As well as speeches by Elder Bob Baker, Liberal MP Mr Jonathan Wilkinson and RCMP Officer Rockwell, there was an interactive Canada 150 quiz with prizes, the math behind the official Canada 150 logo, and performances by the Bodwell band. See photos below.
Bodwell 150 Activities on Friday, 30th June, 2017
After the ceremony in the morning, all students were required to take part in at least two activities throughout the day and represent their house. Some of the activities included chuckwagon construction and racing, rope making, Canadian music, line dancing, painting, get to know the RCMP, the local fire department, Karaoke, scavenger hunt, food making, films, hockey, talking circle and sports games in the gym. See photos below.
Boarding Program Activities on Canada Day Saturday, 1st July, 2017
On the actual day of Canada’s 150th year anniversary, Saturday, July 1st, 2017, students from Bodwell’s boarding program took part in activities at North Vancouver’s waterfront park, as well as downtown at Vancouver’s Canada Place.