Project Profile

Project Title:
Artistic hands lead to helping hands that are led by SJS student's hands
The value of eliminating poverty
School Name:
St. John School
School board / First Nations school jurisdiction:
Kenora Catholic District School Board
Project Theme:
  • Connect [relationships]
  • Thrive [health & wellness]
  • Lead [leadership]
  • Live [environmental sustainability]
  • Care [poverty]
Grade Level:
3, 4, 5, 6
Subject Areas:
Aboriginal Studies, The Arts, Guidance and Career Education, Social Sciences and Humanities
Red Lake
Community Partners:
Red Lake Municipality Community Gardens
Northwestern Ontario Health Unit
234 Howey Street
Red Lake
P0V 2M0

Mrs. Patty Foster

Tel. (807) 727-2626
Fax (807) 727-3001
8:30 to 4:30, Monday to Friday

Artistic hands lead to helping hands that are led by SJS student's hands

In keeping with Ojibwe custom and tradition,SJS students
will have the opportunity to connect with nature, through
learning how to create Woodland Art (first made world
famous by Red Lake local Resident Norval Morrisseau).
Then the student's will auction their finished art pieces
and purchase supplies (seeds, rakes, hoses, etc.) for the
volunteer ran Red Lake Municipality Community Gardens.
The Red Lake Municipality Community Gardens provide
food from their gardens to the Red Lake Homeless
Shelter and local Women's Shelter, which will help
clientele that utilize theses two particular community
service providers.

Update (November-14-14)

Phase One:

On November 10th and 12th former SJS student and current Toronto based artist/freelance graphic designer, Mr. Patrick Hunter, enlightened the Grade 3/4 and 5/6 classes with a lesson in Woodland Art. Mr. Hunter was asked: “How do these types of learning opportunities allow you to bring culture and art together? He replied:

For me, they are one in the same. From the beginning art was just a part of
the culture of First Nation people from coast to coast - taught and learned
every day. Art was the road that led me back to my roots and an Anishinawbe
man a few years ago. From that experience it taught me who I was and gave
me a purpose. In anything, to be successful, you need to know who you are
and what you're about. My favourite definition of ‘leadership’ is to use your
knowledge and skills in service to others to help build them up. I hope and
want to inspire another generation of artists to emerge from the North with
an artistic confidence that they can achieve their goals, and that is through

Northern Studies teacher, Mr. Tom Doherty states “It is fantastic having an established Woodland Artist like Mr. Hunter come in and share his expertise with the students, which allows for an enriched learning opportunity about Woodland Art and its spiritual importance to the Anishinawbe of this area. As an educator, Mr. Doherty states “It is important for the students to express themselves through mediums such as the Arts.”