Millbrook South Cavan Public School
Bridges Connect Us All
From the beginning of time- bridges connect all places. Bridges were used to group all people so they could learn and share from one another. If we open our hearts and our minds and accept everyone for who they are and treat everyone with kindness and respect the world will be a better place. Students in grade 4 & 5 classes brought the curriculum alive thinking of ways the Medieval Times culture and Indigenous people could create ties and bring their worlds together- they created a world with a castle that has many bridges and paths of acceptance along with totem poles that reflect individuality and spirits to help along the way.
Freezing Moon- Baashkaakodin Giizis (Anishinaabe-First Nations) Month of November
Anishinaabe Moon Calendar- The weather is getting colder and the ground begins to freeze, soon the snow will come to cover the ground for another winter.
For more information on local Full Moon Ceremonies go to www.facebook.com/groups/16994197269 or contact Trent University Department of Indigenous Studies.
The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition has released this informative PDF to share information about Ojibway, Cree, and Mohawk languages and their respective understandings of moons, seasons, days and cycles of ceremonies. It also explains the significance of the Aboriginal Calendar.
Win Translation’s page “Ojibwe Months: Names Chosen by Nature?” explores the relationship between the Ojibwe languages and dialects, and how moons come to have been named in such a way.
Samhain (Wiccan)*- November 1st
Samhain literally means “summer’s end” and marks the end of harvest and beginning of winter. It is considered to be one of the most powerful times of the year when the veil between the spirit world and the world of the living is at its thinnest. Samhain is a time to honour ancestors, mourn those who have died in the last year, and reconnect and make contact with the dead.
About Religion is once again providing knowledge surrounding the Pagan rituals of Samhain. This webpage discusses myths and misconceptions, the witches new year, honouring the ancestors, and different practices that Pagans take up to observe the Shabbat.
New Grange has a webpage dedicated to explaining “Samhain- The Celtic Roots of Halloween”. Check it out here:
Diwali (Hindu)**- November 7th
This festival of lights features lanterns, flowers, electric lights and oil lamps called Adiyas. Gifts are also exchanged.
Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (Bahá’í )- November 10th
Commemorates the birth of the founder of the Bahá’í faith, Bahá'u'lláh, in 1817.
Written from the perspective of the Bahá’í community, “What Bahá’ís Believe: Baha’u’llah and his Covenant” is an extensive explanation of the beginning of the Bahá’í faith. There are links to “the Life of Báb”, “The Bábi Movements”, “The Shrine of the Báb”, quotations, and articles and resources.
Remembrance Day (Canada)- November 11th
A national day of observance to honour the lives of the many people who served Canada in times of war, military conflict, and peace. It is important to recognize the diversity of Canada’s veterans, and the contributions and sacrifices made by all Canadians who served, including men, women, immigrants, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people.
Written by Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed a mom of two active kids, the Editorial Director of CanadianMomEh.com and a spokesperson for the diverse face of Canadian moms, this article speaks about the important and meaning behind recognizing the many kinds of people that supported the war effort.
This government site provides suggested on how to observe Remembrance Day, learning resources, events around the country and dozens of other links. A great resource for the classroom or for home!
International Day of Tolerance (UN)- November 16th
“Tolerance is a new idea, one which we need now more than ever. It leads us to respect cultural diversity, ways of life and expressions of our own humanity. It is a necessary condition for peace and progress for all people in a diversified and ever-more connected world.” - UNESCO
For more information, please visit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO)’s page:
Louis Riel Day (Ontario)- November 16th
Commemorates the life of Louis Riel, a politician who represented the Métis people’s interests.
Louis Riel was an important figure in Canadian history, specifically in the context of colonialism and confederation. This Wordpress page is dedicated to Louis Riel Day, and to explaining why we celebrate it:
The Canadian Encyclopedia has published “Louis Riel”, an account of his early personal life, his career, his trial and execution, and his legacy. Take a look here:
Transgender Day of Remembrance- November 20th
The Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes those who have been murdered because of transphobia, anti-transgender hatred, or prejudice. This day is also an opportunity to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, and to acknowledge one of the most prevalent causes for bullying: gender identity and expression. In particular, transwomen of colour experience the highest rates of violence. This is also a day to celebrate all of the work that transgender people do to support their own communities in resilience and resistance.
The International Transgender Day of Remembrance Organization has a webpage available for viewing memorials, events, statistics and other information.
Check out the Centre for Gender and Social Justice, Peterborough Aid Research Network (PARN), and the Trent Queer Collective’s events in November by visiting their pages here:
Mawlid al-Nabi (Muslim)* **- November 21st
A quiet festival marking the Prophet Muhammad’s birth and death.
Typically in Islam, birthdays and other celebratory events are not observed. Some Muslim sects find the observance of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday to be blasphemous, others will “quietly” take part in this day of remembrance and celebration of his life.
In the article “What is Mawlid? How Muslims Celebrate The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday During Rabi’ Al Awwal” gives a description of Muhammad’s early life, as well as shows pictures of dirrferent celebrations across the globe. Find it here:\
In this article titled “The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet”, Omid Safi addresses the difference in celebration that Muslims take up on this day. The article includes poetry that is relevant to the celebration, as well as vibrant and lively pictures of observers in many different countries. This is a great read!
Birthday of Guru Nanak (Sikh)- November 23rd
Born in the 1400’s, Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism.
For an extensive history of the life of Guru Nanak and the cultural significance of his life and teachings, visit the following page:
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh), (Nanakshahi)- November 24th
Bahadur became a martyr and hero in 1675 when he was beheaded for refusing Islam at a time when it was being enforced.
True Indology’s Wordpress page offers an historical analysis of the Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur, and contains rich artwork and information about the importance of Gurus to Sikh culture.
International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women (UN)- November 25th
The International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women is a day to create awareness about sexual, physical, and emotional violence against women all around the world. This is an opportunity to create space for discussions around meaningful and sustainable prevention strategies, as well as ways to help support women whom have survived violence.
Check out the United Nations Women’s page for more information:
Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í )- November 26th
This day commemorates Bahá'u'lláh’s promise about the work that his son the successor, Abdu’l-Baha, would do in the name of the Bahá’í faith.
From Bahá’í .org is a rich webpage titled “What Bahá’í s Believe: Bahá'u'lláh and his Covenant” and the history around the significance of this holiday. Simply put, The Day of the Covenant is a commemoration of Baha’u’llah’s appointment of His eldest son, Abdu’l-Baha as his successor. Abdu’l-Baha played a crucial role in guiding the early Bahá’í community and ensuring that the followers of the Bahá’í Faith remained united, rather than fragmenting into different sects. To read more, visit:
Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Bahá’í )- November 28th
Abdu’l-Baha was Bahá'u'lláh’s eldest son and successor, and was famed for his 1911-1913 teachings in Europe and America, which spread the Bahá’í message to the western world.
See the link from the Day of the Convenant for relevant information!
Ontario Native Literacy Coalition
World Literacy Federation
Métis Harvester's Guide - Métis National Council
This book is written for children between the ages of four and eight, it has nine chapters, one for each of the festivals and one for the Moon. There is a story, things to do and teacher/parens and guardian notes for each chapter. There are also simple prayers for children.
Written by the great-granddaughter of the father, this is the true story of a tiny teddy that helps a Canadian family cope during World War I. The teddy now lives in a glass display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Plan your next family trip to see it and take this tale to a whole other level. A great way for younger kids (ages 5 -12) to understand the impact of war on families and life in Canada at that time.
It explores peace through the five senses of young children from around the world who attend the Ambrit International School in Rome, Italy. Peace smells like “fresh air that makes you want to go outside and sleep in the sun” to Oliver, age 10. To Giulia, age 9, peace looks like “your mom that kisses you and hugs you.” Irene, age 8, believes peace sounds like “a growling bear of war who gets shot by a love arrow and the fighting stops.” More than 100 boy and girl ice cream lovers think peace tastes like “vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, strawberry ice cream, banana ice cream.”