February 4, 2023

Purple Deer Public Colleges makes use of hands-on actions to show about Reality and Reconciliation

Purple Deer Public Colleges makes use of hands-on actions to show about Reality and Reconciliation

On Monday, a Grass Dancer Presentation was held for college kids at Mattie McCullough Elementary involving the Purple Deer Aboriginal Dance Troupe.

The identical troupe may even carry out for households from 6 – 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Normandeau Faculty.

As a school-wide mission, the scholars of West Park Center Faculty created an honorary rock backyard whereas being taught classes about Orange Shirt Day and Residential Colleges. On Thursday morning, college students will lay their rocks on the establishment’s entrance steps.

“I hope that they know that there’s a true historical past in Canada and there’s lots of good things however there’s additionally lots of stuff that occurred that we’re not very happy with and shouldn’t be happy with. It’s vital to know the reality,” she mentioned. “That we’ve to be taught from the previous in order that we will be higher within the current and sooner or later,” she mentioned.

In instructing youthful youngsters from Kindergarten to Grade 2 in regards to the impacts of the residential faculty system on Indigenous youth, Christen says her method is to make use of age applicable literacy from Indigenous authors like Nicola Campbell. A few of her tales embrace Shi-shi-etko, a few younger Indigenous lady being taught classes by her dad and mom and grandparents to recollect earlier than she is distributed off to residential faculty. Christen says the e-book demonstrates to college students that whereas they may be taught in class, their first teachings, like Indigenous youngsters, are from household and should be honored.

“The commissioners from the Reality and Reconciliation Fee and particularly Chief Wilton Littlechild, I’ve heard him say ‘training is what bought us into this mess and training is what’s going to get us out’. We simply imagine that training was used for 150 years to attempt to assimilate, oppress, dispossess all First Nations, Métis, Inuit youngsters and we have to start with training at undoing the injury that was finished,” she mentioned.

Christen explains that academics at RDPSD are given liberty to make use of their judgement to create their very own prompts for the Nationwide Day and incorporating themes into their classes. She provides final 12 months, some faculties allowed college students to ask their dad and mom and grandparents within the night to view their orange hearts and shirts adorning the classroom home windows.

“We actually need to construct the instructor capability of all our academics in Purple Deer Public Colleges to have the ability to, in an excellent genuine method, educate about Indian residential faculties, the legacy that it has left in Canada; to show in regards to the true historical past,” she mentioned.

“Following studying in regards to the reality, we take a look at reconciliation. Now that’s occurred, what will we do now, what will we do within the current and what will we do going ahead?”

Whereas RDPSD faculties shall be closed on Friday, Christen says she hopes members of the general public use the day to replicate and deepen their understanding of Canada’s historical past by way of the Indigenous lens by visiting the Nationwide Centre for Reality and Reconciliation’s web site sources, watching the Aboriginal Peoples Tv Community (APTN) for Indigenous programming, listening to Indigenous radio stations, and studying the Reality and Reconciliation 94 Calls to Motion.

Following the Nationwide Day, Mattie McCullough Elementary may even be holding an occasion for Grade 5 college students on October 5. A member of the Purple Deer Native Friendship Centre will share Indigenous teachings whereas the scholars assist to construct islands on the again of “turtles” and play Indigenous video games.

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