Victoria’s Reynolds Secondary students hold 3rd annual culture day event

A group of Saanich Secondary students invited their fellow scholars to join them in exploring new cultures and experiencing other parts of the world as part of their third annual Culture Day.

On Wednesday, May 29 during the lunch hour at Reynolds Secondary School, members of the school’s Minority Empowerment Group held the event which offered a plethora of foods from across the globe to students looking to gain new experiences and learn about cultures and countries they might not otherwise encounter.

“It really just started as trying to have a space for people of all cultures to really just speak about their experiences,” said Joe Harris, an 11th grade student who helped organize the event. “We kind of grew to doing events and going to anti-racism events and all that good stuff to trying to promote culture and trying to promote inclusivity, especially around the school.”

The event had food coming from Syria, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, and Palestine.

“This is one of our most popular events. The kids are always super happy to share their cultures and I think it’s a good way for kids to learn about their cultures as well,” said Alecia Jones, a social studies teacher at the school, and who also leads the ME Group. “I think that this has been awesome for them developing their sense of agency and pride in their cultures.”

The group said this year was a success and it has only grown since it started two years ago, and they plan to continue holding the event for years to come.

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