Throughout the school year, we have incorporated classroom teachings with a variety of lessons, workshops, and activities focusing on Indigenous worldviews and perspectives. Some of these moments included creating the tile mosaic and footprints for Orange Shirt Day, showcasing items from elders, and sharing elder stories along with the importance of them being passed down through generations.
In explaining the importance of Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation, and why related actions are essential for our community, Raquel Teibert, Middle School Teacher and Indigenous Education Learning Coordinator says: "I think it’s important for students to understand that Truth and Reconciliation is a national and personal commitment. By acknowledging and acting on the 94 Calls to Action, we can continue our journeys toward a stronger and more unified future."
This month, we recognise National Indigenous History Month and on June 21st our school will participate in a number of activities for National Indigenous Peoples Day. Students may wear civvies and can donate by bringing a toonie, filling out the form on studentsgive.mulgrave.com, or by texting StudentsGive to 30333. For those who ordered Moose Hide Pins, they will be ready for pick up on the 21st, too. If you missed out on ordering in advance, we have additional pins available. All donations for civvies day and the pins will go to the Moose Hide Campaign.
Here’s a snapshot of other activities and resources:
- Library recommendations featuring Canadian authors following the theme of Truth and Reconciliation
- Indigenous Poster Series (watch for images on our social media accounts)
- Educational Trail Walk honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)
- DJ Elective showcase of Indigenous bands and music on June 21st
- Continuing the tile mosaic footprint project
- Orange Shirt Day Shirts Google Form (order before June 22nd for fall delivery)
- Singing and drumming by cultural leader Dennis Joseph