We, at Anglophone School District-East, recognize and respectfully acknowledge that we are on the unceded traditional lands of Mi’kmaq People. The Mi’kmaq are one of five tribes that make up the Wabanaki (People of the Dawn) Confederacy in the northeastern part of Turtle Island.
Why are we learning about Wabanaki Peoples?
AWARENESS The Mind
Because it is in the Education Act and 10 Year Education Plan:
Objective 6: Meet the needs of First Nation learners and ensure that provincial curriculum is reflective of First Nation history and culture
KNOWLEDGE The Heart
Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action/Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Report
(10) ii. Improving education attainment levels and success rates.
iii. Developing culturally appropriate curricula.
iv. Protecting the rights to Aboriginal languages including the teaching of Aboriginal languages.
vii. Respecting and honouring Treaty relationships.
(62) We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, in consultation and collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal peoples, and educators, to:
i. Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students.
(63) We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to maintain an annual commitment to aboriginal education issues, including:
i. Developing and implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve curriculum and learning resources on Aboriginal peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of residential schools.
ii. Sharing information and best practices on teaching curriculum related to residential schools and Aboriginal history.
iii. Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.
“We owe the aboriginal peoples a debt that is four centuries old. It is their turn to become full partners in developing an even greater Canada. And the reconciliation required may be less a matter of legal texts than of attitudes of the Heart”
Romeo LeBlanc, 1995
Previous Governor General of Canada
ACTION The Spirit
As our knowledge builds and we open our hearts to learning the truth in a good way, we can build a safe space for Reconcili’ACTION’. Building relationships of trust and mutual respect opens our eyes to beautiful cultures and provides a foundation for taking action. When we know better, we do better!