Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope this letter finds you and your family well. I want to share with you an update of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit related learning and events this spring. Despite our currently empty hallways, there have been some big things happening!
Before school closure in March, we began working on Project of Heart (http://projectofheart.ca), a school wide project in which students learn about Residential School history. This year, the kindergarten and grades 1, 3, and 5 classes began the project. Through lessons and stories, students learned about Residential Schools. They also completed commemorative tiles to honour those who attended. Project of Heart will continue at Win Ferguson in the fall.
June marks National Indigenous Peoples month, with National Indigenous Peoples day occurring this weekend on June 21. Teachers and students have been learning about Indigenous histories and culture through this fantastic slide presentation National Indigenous Peoples Month that was created by EIPS First Nations, Métis, and Inuit consultant Cheryl Devin. Have a look through this presentation with your kids. It contains many wonderful opportunities for learning and for starting meaningful conversations with your family.
This summer you will notice some redesign happening in our front schoolyard. Through a grant from Shell Canada, we will begin construction of an Indigenous Outdoor Learning Space at our school. Phase one of this project will begin in July. It will consist of a circle of boulders for seating on the west side of the school. We will also be planting new vegetation, native to the local area, including Cranberries, Saskatoons, and Wolf Willow bushes. Our front flower bed will also get a makeover to house native herbs, flowers and a more natural look. Our new outdoor learning space will provide many opportunities for learning from the land. We are very excited to have this new learning space!
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me at the school. Have a safe and fun summer! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again in the fall.
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Lead Teacher
School Counsellor & Inclusive Education Facilitator