On November 18, a group of Indigenous students from IE Weldon Secondary School participated in the Rock Your Mocs event.
The one-day workshop was organized by Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth’s national director, Caitlin Patterson, as a way for students to celebrate their heritage and be proud of who they are. Local moccasin artist, Ryerson Whetung from Curve Lake First Nation, guided students through the process of making moccasins while sharing cultural teachings and the mindfulness approach that goes into their creation. Students enjoyed a traditional lunch, including duck stew, bannock, wild rice, and cedar and sweet grass soda from Pow Wow Cafe in Toronto.
At the end of the day, each student was able to take their hand-made moccasins home to wear with pride.
See the Rock Your Mocs Day video below for more highlights from the event.