Oromocto, NB – On Friday, May 20, 2022, a first-ever school collaboration displaying the 13 moon calendar used by Wolastoqey people and the Western (Gregorian) 12-month calendar will be revealed at Oromocto High School (OHS).

This project of two cultures coming together was a journey of dedication and learning. It started two years ago with Elder and Fire Keeper Bernadette Paul after teaching students how Wolastoqey people used the 13 moon calendar. 

OHS Wolastoquey teacher, Davie (Ta-pit) Wilson, Wolastoquey students (Kinapuwi Kehkitimok, OHS/OFN alt-site) and Elder Paul worked together with a graphic designer to create a beautifully designed 4-foot by 8-foot display showing the 13 moon teaching turtle alongside a three-year Gregorian calendar. Each moon represented within the turtle has a cultural teaching that explains the cycle of life and nature for the Wolastoqey people. The display will be used as a teaching aid for staff and students at OHS.

A declaration ceremony was held at the high school last Monday. This Friday, the calendar unveiling will include Chief Shelly Sabattis, Elder Bernadette Paul, and teacher Davie Wilson. The event will be held in the OHS Library at 1:30 pm. There will be a brief ceremony and introduction of the main participants, with a Q&A session to follow.

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Jennifer Read, Director of Communications, ASD-W

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