Around the Division

Woodbridge Farms Elementary and Ardrossan Junior Senior High Students Recognized with Provincial Award
Each year, the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) recognizes First Nations, Métis and Inuit students from across the province who display “exemplary leadership, honour, courage and commitment to their culture and own education path.” Woodbridge Farms students Kisik Badger and Mateus Weesemat, and Ardrossan Junior Senior High student Hannah Quewezance all received a honourable mention in the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards 2021. We're very proud of your accomplishments, Kisik, Mateus and Hannah! Watch the special presentation for the Woodbridge Farms students and read the letter of support for Hannah's nomination.

Fort Saskatchewan Elementary Students Participate in Canada-wide Virtual Panel
Ms. Kristy Germaine’s Grade 3 class took part in the Roots for Resilience and First Nations Family and Child Caring Society Student Leader Panel in spring 2021. The project included four schools from across Canada each taping a 30-minute presentation on what their class has done in the areas of truth telling and reconciliation. The presentations were streamed nationwide to schools across Canada, who then participated in discussions on how they can also educate themselves and be part of the reconciliation journey. Fort Elementary students shared what they learned about three Indigenous children who made a difference for their community and people all across Canada: Shannen Kootachin, Autumn Peltier and Jordan River Anderson. What an amazing group of EIPS ambassadors! You inspire us all to learn more and commit to positive change.

Upcoming Events

  • Indigenous Art Adventures Cree artist Lance Cardinal is continuing his online art and language show, Indigenous Art Adventures, for young people and their families. On Saturday, September 11 at 2 p.m., his latest show will be live when he'll share the Cree word for fall and lead children on a fall leaf art project. The show, as well as previous episodes, is available on the Aboriginal Congress of Alberta Association’s Facebook page.

  • Orange Shirt Day Once again, staff and students across the Division will be remembering and honouring residential school survivors on September 30. Orange Shirt Day events and activities will occur in each school.

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation The federal government fulfilled one of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by creating a national day of commemoration and learning about the history and legacy of residential schools. September 30 was selected as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and each school throughout EIPS will participate in Division-wide events of learning, reflecting and remembrance.

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