FNMI initiatives help our division develop cultural understanding and historic sensitivity of the perspectives and experiences of Aboriginal people.
We assist staff to develop cultural understanding and historic sensitivity of the perspectives and experiences of Aboriginal people, including participation in the Blanket Exercise.
The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation—the Blanket Exercise covers more than 500 years of history in a participatory workshop.
Our staff participate in Blanket Exercises to deepen their understanding of treaty making, colonization, resistance and reconciliation. This builds cultural understanding and sensitivity throughout our division.
Learn more about our participation in the Blanket Exercise
We’re committed to creating caring environments for our Aboriginal students where they see themselves represented in their environment and have a sense of belonging.
Aboriginal students see their culture, history and perspectives represented in literature, developing cultural pride.
Outdoor activities and classes let students move and play through traditional games.
Teacher resources help build cultural understanding and teacher capacity.
Moving forward, Sturgeon Public School Division will continue to build cultural awareness and understanding in schools by exploring new initiatives and implementing best practices. These include: