‘Sage and Sunshine’ school weaves Indigenous culture into curriculum

New school started by Ojibway teacher in Ontario


Getting an education with Indigenous culture and language in the city is always a challenge, something a new school in Peterborough, Ont., is hoping to fix.

It’s only been three weeks since Sage and Sunshine first opened its doors, but already the kids have caught on to the routine.

The little school is the creation of teacher, Ashley Wynne.

According to Wynne, it all came together when pandemic forced her to home school her children.

“I don’t think I would have thought about it if I didn’t get the chance to homeschool them and incorporate the culture into their day, realized that there are other ways to do education so yeah, they didn’t fall behind it. Also they were they were keeping up with the curriculum at home,” said Wynne.

For Wynne, who is Ojibway, integrating Anishinaabe culture and language into the daily school program for kids age four to nine was a must.

After obtaining some grant money, donations and fund-raising efforts through Go Fund Me, Wynne secured enough to start with eight students.

And Wynne is already planning for future expansion.

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Annette Francis

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