It was a successful evening for an Elmwood area school, as they held their first ever community feast.
Cree Crowchild took over as principal at River Elm School in January, and from that point on has been focused on incorporating more indigenous perspectives, awareness and culture in the school, as it is provincially mandated and divisionally mandated that we look at indigenous respective's and how can we incorporate that in an authentic and respectful manner.
Crowchild says the school decided to host the special dinner in an effort to get to know people in the neighbourhood and to share what the school is doing with the community,
"Food brings people together. It doesn't matter what culture you come from. I thought what a better way to pay respect to the community, by asking them to come and break bread with us, have a meal with us, but also learn about why we are doing this," explained Crowchild.
42 percent of the school population is indigenous, including Crowchild himself.
"I really want there to be a large footprint of our culture in this building, and also within the community," said Crowchild.
The community feast, which took place Thursday night, drew in hundreds of guests, filling the school's gymnasium.
Crowchild says the goal for the future is to not only expand but to host a traditional feast four times a year to represent the four seasons.