Our schools offer a variety of FNMI education activities in support of our division goals.
Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
At Camilla School, an elder visited to host a smudging ceremony and give cultural teachings for staff and students.
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Our schools invest in resources and artifacts for our library and learning commons in support of FNMI cultural awareness, expanding their collections of FNMI story books for students to read. Ochre Park School has a special teepee reading area.
Classroom teachers are integrating FNMI literature and art into subject areas to increase students’ understanding and awareness of FNMI perspectives, such as relating art projects to First Nations myths and legends. Junior high students at Camilla School visited the Alexander First Nations School and attended a career fair alongside other First Nations students.
Staff and students learn how to make and play traditional FNMI games. At Ochre Park School, grade 3 and 4 students then facilitate the making and playing of these games.
Our schools are incorporating FNMI culture through initiatives such as Gibbons School placing artifacts around the school and Lilian Schick School ordering Treaty 6 and Métis flags.
Staff are participating in a variety of activities that focus on increasing our awareness and understanding of FNMI perspectives, such as participating in the FNMI cohort, participating in a Blanket Exercise, reading FMNI literature such as a book study on Broken Circle by Theodore Fontaine, taking part in an FNMI cultural camp, and participating in the ATA session “Understanding Histories, Cultures and Worldviews of Alberta’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples.”
Some of the other ongoing initiatives at Sturgeon Public School Division Schools include: