Supporting the Application of Foundational Knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Nitohtahwin - Listen to Me
For two years I was a proud member of Wolf Creek's First Nation, Metis, Inuit Task Force Cohort. I don't like using the word "was" because although I am no longer an active member, I still feel connected to the group and the work they are doing to bridge the gaps. Most recently, we have added a Treaty 6 flag to our foyer and the Land acknowledgment has become part of the fabric of our everyday lives at the school. As a staff, we have a session on cultural understating at each staff meeting and we have special guests like Josephine Small who work with our kids.
When I was on the task force, I was able to work with respected Elders (Elder Joseph DesChamps, Daniel Lightening), seeking to understand a worldview that is different from ours, we continue to educate ourselves about the history of Residential Schools, and the confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, and we continue creating culturally responsive classrooms that reflect First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives.
"Alberta Education has stated that their "fundamental goal of education in Alberta is to inspire all students to achieve success and fulfillment, and reach their full potential. All First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in Alberta, including students living on-reserve, deserve to meet or exceed the educational outcomes set for all Alberta students".
We have created a First Nations, Métis and Inuit Task Force Cohort that consists of teachers, as well as Learning Coaches, Inclusion Coaches, and Social Workers from the three Ponoka schools. The cohort meets monthly to discuss challenges, needs, strategies, and resources. The cohort is developing a bank of resources and strategies to share with staff. It is also be an opportunity to gain feedback to determine professional development needs at each school site.