• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - present day

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board

"Voices from the Gathering Place" is a rich historical resource

about Sault Ste. Marie which includes:


  • video clips of Anishnaabe elders and knowledge-keepers sharing history and culture from the oral tradition in the Sault Ste. Marie area
  • songs/videos that tell the story of the early history of Canada (1622-1870) through the eyes and experiences of individuals from Sault Ste. Marie and area
  • interactive inquiry-based explorations that go deeper into the themes that the songs touch on


Here students encounter material designed for use with the Ontario Social Studies curriculum with particular emphasis on the relationship between the Anishnaabe and Europeans through hearing stories that happened in this part of Canada that was the central point of the Anishnaabe territory and a vital transportation link during the fur trade era.


Each song web page includes "I wonder?" circles that model the research and presentation of topics suggested by the song lyrics. These models also bring the students' inquiring back to their own life experiences by asking questions that connect history with the present day. e.g. When the topic of the birch bark canoe is explored, students are asked what it would be like if that had to build their own bicycle or car when they need to go somewhere.


I hope that what you find here is a valuable and entertaining curriculum resource.


All the best,

Peter White

Website creator

Teacher, ADSB

June, 2018, Sault Ste. Marie