Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Hands on learning in School District 52!


Staff and students of School District 52 have been very fortunate in the amazing hands on learning opportunities in schools again this year! Students have been learning about the Ts'msyen clans and crest system with Curriculum Specialist Teachers and Pacific NorthCoast formline with the Wilwilaaysk Wellness Worker. They have also had the opportunity to create a mini button blanket to represent their own clan or crest, including the butterfly, for those who do not have a First Nations crest.

Teachers will also have an opportunity to undertake this learning in the upcoming April 23 Professional Development session offered by the Indigenous Education Department! The below packages are being created for educators who will be attending remotely through Zoom, while still participating in this valuable learning experience. 


 

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Sunday, 8 November 2020

National Indigenous Veterans Day November 8, 2020: Did you know...

 Did you know...


In most cases, when Indigenous soldiers returned home to Canada after serving our country, they were enfranchised, which meant their Indian status was taken away and they were now considered “Canadian citizens”. 

The general population might think- isn’t that a good thing? Don’t Indigenous people want to be treated like “everyone else”?

Here’s the catch 22 with enfranchisement: 
When Indigenous people were enfranchised it meant they lost the right to return home to their reserves (which were on a pass and permit system), separating them from their family, language and culture. It also meant they lost the right to hunt and fish on their traditional territories. As well as so many other rights associated with the Indian Act. 

Because of enfranchisement, Indigenous soldiers were forced to live away from their homes, often in urban centres. They could not get jobs because of their race which led many to become homeless. The trauma associated with war, racism and the inability to connect with family and culture caused many of these soldiers to turn to addiction for solace. 

Imagine serving your country, experiencing trauma and PTSD then coming home to that same country and being completely disregarded? In a country where we claim to honour and value our veterans and view them as heroes? 

Today, on November 8th, we take time to acknowledge and honour the brave Indigenous men and women who risked everything to serve a country that has a history of discrimination toward them. Today we ask people of all nations not to feel guilt or shame but to simply be mindful and willing to learn. 

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Thursday, 5 November 2020

National Indigenous Veteran's Day November 8

 November 8 is National Aboriginal Veteran’s Day, also known as Indigenous Veteran’s Day. Our team has resources, links, articles and information that you can utilize to share this learning in your classrooms.

 We will continue to add to this resource package as we come across new resources, so please feel free to share materials, ideas or photos of the ways that you and your students are acknowledging this very important day for Indigenous peoples across Canada. 

 



Additionally, let the team at Wap Sigatgyet know if you would like more information or to set up a time to collaborate with a Curriculum Specialist Teacher.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Hello, 

We would like to remind everyone that it is Secret Path week this week, in acknowledgement of Chanie Wenjack’s story. The Downie Wenjack fund has created this week in commemoration of the work of Chanie’s family and Gord Downie, in bringing Chanie’s story to light. 

 

See videos for more information:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_tcCpKtoU0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za2VzjkwtFc

https://vimeo.com/461632708

 

Also we have asked that everyone wear purple or black on Wednesday in acknowledgement of SecretPath Week and Chanie’s story. It is hoped that in sharing Chanie’s story, that we can continue to teach and learn about the true history of Canada, and create dialogue around reconciliation.