Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with respect the history and culture of the peoples with whom Treaty 6 was signed and the land upon which Elk Island Public Schools reside.

We also acknowledge the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation.

We recognize our responsibility as Treaty members and honour the heritage and gifts of the First Peoples.

We commit to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation.

        First Nations Treaties in Alberta: Treaty 6

First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Newsletter

This month, the eagle brought us the teaching of love. Love is represented by the eagle, who can travel over great distances and carry love and all of the seven teachings to the four directions of the Earth. The eagle reminds us that we always need to act from a place of love. Love the Earth, love ourselves, our family, our community, and all the Earth’s creatures. When we give love, it comes back to us. To practice this, as a school, we are going to be conducting Acts of Love. Each class will be doing a project where they spread love through small acts of kindness that will send ripples through our classrooms, our school, and our community. Stay tuned!

November also brought us Metis Week. Our classes did activities through Rupertsland Institute, read stories by Metis authors and illustrators, and explored the rich culture of the Metis people. We also celebrated Rock Your Mocs Day as well on November 8th.

Turtle Islanders has returned! Our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit student club is back for another year. Mrs. Polukoshko has many wonderful activities planned for students this year. Our first meeting was held at the end of November. Leaha, our EIPS Cultural Advisor, was in to talk to our students about sitting in circle and the importance of the talking stick. At our next meeting, students will be making their own talking sticks. 

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is on September 30th. If you would like to learn more about Orange Shirt Day, click here.