Indigenous Education

Land and People Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with respect the history and culture of the peoples with whom Treaty 6 was signed and the land upon which Elk Island Public Schools reside. We also acknowledge the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation.

We recognize our responsibility as Treaty members and honor the heritage and gifts of the First Peoples.

We commit to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation. Click here to learn more.

The Seven Teachings and Red River Cart Teachings

Last year, our school learned about the Seven Teachings. This year, we will continue to learn and play using these teachings as our guide. We are happy to also be learning from the Métis Red River Cart Teachings as well. The Red River Cart teachings use the wheel of a Red River Cart to show us how different character values are linked together.  You can see the Seven Teachings in Cree and the Red River Cart Teachings in Michif below.

November's Seven Teaching:

  • Honesty ᑲ  ᑲᐧᔭᐢᑫᐧᓯᐦᒋᑫᐤᓂᕁ ka kwayaskwesihcikewnihk
    • accept & be yourself

We know that being honest isn't always the easy choice, but it is the right one. Being honest with one another at Mills Haven grows respect and trust in our relationships.

November's Red River Cart Teaching:

  • Honesty/Kwayaswatisewin (kwayas wa-ti-se-win)
  • Honesty is highly valued both in the Metis culture and at Mills Haven
  • Supporting adults are expected to be role models through honest behavior
  • Stealing had serious consequences within the community as it broke respect and trust.

 

 

 

 

Mills Haven Spirit Bear

Our Mills Haven Spirit Bear has been making the rounds at Mills Haven Elementary! A Spirit Bear comes to a school to learn about his treaty area (our treaty area is Treaty 6) and teach students about reconciliation. Our bear has been part of Orange Shirt Day, our lessons with the Giant Floor Map of Canada, and many other lessons with Elder Wilson!

Spirit Bear has done so much work that it is time for him to receive his proper name. On December 2nd we will have an assembly where Elder Wilson will lead a naming ceremony for our bear. Classes will submit possible names for the bear, and Elder Wilson will consider them and pick a suitable name.

Be sure to check out Spirit Bear's adventures on Twitter! His handle is @BearMHV.