We believe it was one of the biggest school-based Canada 150 events in the country.
15,000 Pembina Trails students, staff and honourary speakers and performers
gathered at Investors Group Field on May 24, 2017 for a Canada 150 event
unlike any other.
“We value being as diverse as all 36 million people
that call Canada home,” says Superintendent Ted Fransen. “We are truly a global
village. While our family roots may be planted elsewhere – we are grounded in
Pembina Trails, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The purpose of this project is to
Highlights from the Pembina
Trails Canada 150 Project program included:
A 2,400 piece student band performing O’Canada
Honourable Janice C. Filmon and Indigenous youth advocate Michael Champagne
A 15,000 person living flag which will wrap the entire lower bowl
of the stadium
by the Aboriginal School of Dance and Peaceful Village Team
display of 34 unique Canada 150 floats, one from each school
A division-wide 34 km relay along the Trans Canada Trail that will wrap up
with a ceremonial lap around the stadium
Event Emcee Ace Burpee
Since the fall, students across the
division have focused on three areas of study: diversity and inclusion; environment
and sustainable development; and reconciliation of indigenous and
Trails student and staff have created a pledge that articulates how they will make Canada a better place. These
pledges are based on learning topics including diversity and inclusion,
environment and sustainable development, and reconciliation of Indigenous and
non-Indigenous people. Thousands of
promises have been turned into a massive Pembina Trails Book of Pledges, which
was unveiled during an empowering program at Investor’s Group Field.
“We believe education is intended to be transformative
both personally and collectively,” says Fransen. “The intent of education is to
improve the human condition both locally and globally and the Pembina Trails Canada
150 Project really aligns with this philosophy. Our future, where we are headed
in the development of our communities and as a country, will depend on our
youth. It is our belief that providing a memorable Canada 150 experience will
deepen connections and expand minds for students to reach incredible potential.”
The Canada 150 Project wrapped up with a evening gallery. Community members were invited to visit the stadium and witness how we transformed 15,000 promises into a massive book of pledges. Parents, guardians, and students also enjoyed the opportunity to get up close to the 34 unique floats.
We want to thank the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for opening
their doors and allowing us use of their field once again. In 2015, we held our Human Rights event at
Investors Group Field. Learn more about that project
On social media our #official hashtag: #PTC150
Our Pembina Trails Book of Pledges are currently on display at the Manitoba Legislature until July 7, 2017. The public is welcome come and take a firsthand look.