Indigenous Strategic Plan
Maskwacis Education Council
- Advisory Committee to the Board
- Three trustees
- Associate Superintendent Instruction and District Principal
- Indigenous Families and Community Members
WRPS Indigenous Program
- Focused in 12 schools
- Implements school strategies
- Foundation documents
- Indigenous Support Workers
- Indigenous Teachers
Yahkohtewin, Ahkameyimowin ekwa Miyo Wicehtowin: Moving Forward, Persevering and Building Relationship Program
- Building Collaboration & Capacity in Education Three Year Grant (2016 – 2018)
- Grant outcomes support Indigenous Strategic Direction
- to improve high school completion and transition to post-secondary education or workforce
- support gains in literacy and numeracy
- develop school system practices that address resiliency
- enhance the reciprocating relationship with Miyo Wahkohtowin Education to improve programs
- Grant resources expand existing strategies
- Increased staff knowledge of the history and contemporary contexts of Treaty 6 people through staff and curriculum development
- Grant resources support the initiation of new strategies
- Implement universal and targeted programming related to resiliency, the effects of adverse childhood experiences, including intergenerational trauma, and restorative practices
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.
“What We Have Learned: Principles of Trust and Reconciliation”. Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication. 2015. www.trc.ca