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Debra Bridgman A Gr 2 class welcomed a new student to their class and this is the song they created to celebrate their new member in their class.
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Shekoli came out of a songwriting session with Oneida students at Standing Stone School at Oneida Nation of the Thames.
Shekoli means, 'Hello' in Oneida.


Better Hold On
to Friendship
Better Hold On
to Respect
Better Hold On
don’t let go
Better Hold On
to Honesty
Better Hold On
the Best Policy
Better Hold On
don’t let go

There’s a new girl in our classroom
We say, shekoli hope you feel welcome
She’s all alone now on the playground
We walk up and say, do you want to play now

If we see someone sad and lonely
We walk up and say…shekoli
You are not alone on the playground
Your friends are all around


from Songs From Schools - Listen to Our Story​/​Écoutez Notre Histoire, released November 7, 2016
Rik Leaf with Viva Youth Voices



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Rik Leaf

Rik Leaf has toured Canada writing, recording and performing songs with students for over 10 years. Rik uses his background in music, TV & Film to produce multi media projects that highlight the creative process. Rik is the Creative Director for, Tribe of One, a national collective of indigenous artists. ... more

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