Indigenous Strategic Plan

Indigenous Strategic Plan

Vision (Wahkotowin Report)

Indigenous students are engaged in learning, achieving high standards and graduating.

Foundational Statement (TQS; SLS; TRC Calls to Action; UNDRIP)

Indigenous students learn in a welcoming environment that is safe and caring and they are provided with exemplary teaching and effective leadership that is knowledgeable about treaties, local Indigenous culture, and the impact of residential schools and intergenerational trauma.

Division Outcome and Strategies

 

Outcome

Strategies

  • Honor the people we serve
  • Governance structures include the people it serves;
  • Significant indigenous voice in community input; and
  • Increased staff knowledge of the history and contemporary contexts of Treaty 6 people.

School Outcomes and Strategies

 

Outcomes

  • Complete high school at the same rate as all other students;
  • Transition into post-secondary/ workforce at the same rate as all other students;
  • Achieve literacy outcomes at the same rate as all other students; and
  • Achieve numeracy outcomes at the same rate as all other students.

Strategies

  • Culturally relevant practices occur in schools;
  • Assignments are successfully completed on time;
  • Increase attendance and decrease tardiness;
  • Increase learning success in literacy; and
  • Support the development of numeracy skills.

 

Demographics

WRPS is located in the Treaty Six Region of the Plains Cree People in the Maskwacis Territory.

Indigenous students consistently make up approximately 25% of WRPS enrolment.  In 2015-2016, total enrolment was 3894 students.  497 students from the Maskwacis Cree Nations were in attendance.  An additional 450 students were self-identified as First Nations, Metis or Inuit. 

Principles of Truth and Reconciliation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada believes that in order for Canada to flourish in the twenty-first century, reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canada must be based on the following principles. WRPS adopted these principles at the June 20, 2017 Board Meeting to guide leadership and operational decisions in Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools.

1. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the framework for reconciliation at all levels and across all sectors of Canadian society.

2. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, as the original peoples of this country and as self-determining peoples, have Treaty, constitutional, and human rights that must be recognized and respected.

3. Reconciliation is a process of healing of relationships that requires public truth sharing, apology, and commemoration that acknowledge and redress past harms.

4. Reconciliation requires constructive action on addressing the ongoing legacies of colonialism that have had destructive impacts on Aboriginal peoples’ education, cultures and languages, health, child welfare, the administration of justice, and economic opportunities and prosperity.

5. Reconciliation must create a more equitable and inclusive society by closing the gaps in social, health, and economic outcomes that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.

6. All Canadians, as Treaty peoples, share responsibility for establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships.

7. The perspectives and understandings of Aboriginal Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers of the ethics, concepts, and practices of reconciliation are vital to long-term reconciliation.

8. Supporting Aboriginal peoples’ cultural revitalization and integrating Indigenous knowledge systems, oral histories, laws, protocols, and connections to the land into the reconciliation process are essential.

9. Reconciliation requires political will, joint leadership, trust building, accountability, and transparency, as well as a substantial investment of resources.

10. Reconciliation requires sustained public education and dialogue, including youth engagement, about the history and legacy of residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal rights, as well as the historical and contemporary contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canadian society.

 

Reference:

“What We Have Learned: Principles of Trust and Reconciliation”. Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication. 2015. www.trc.ca