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A holistic education based in Art, Community & Nature
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We acknowledge that the Land on which we live, work, and upon which our school is built is Land that carries knowledge and wisdom. Deep knowledge has been stored in this Land by the People who have cared for it and lived in relationship with it since time began: the Dakota, the Lakota, the Nakoda, the Plains Cree, the Anishinaabe, and later on, the Métis People. We seek to honour these Nations by creating meaningful relationships between our school community and the members of these Nations. As active participants in Treaty 4, which was signed not far from our school in the fall of 1874, we recognize our responsibility to these Nations to protect the Land beneath our feet and to learn its lessons. Today, and every day that we step foot upon Mother Earth, Prairie Sky School affirms that we are committed:

  • to learning the knowledge of this Land;
  • to pursuing right relationships with the traditional caretaker-nations of this Land; 
  • and to upholding and honouring their wisdom and culture.

Prairie Sky School Vision

We educate children holistically through Art, Community, and Nature.

Our Purpose ~ To deliver the Saskatchewan Curriculum through:

Art … where our curriculum is integrated with visual and performing arts offering mindfulness, expression, and creativity in a natural, beautiful, and purposeful environment.

Community … by nurturing an ethic of support and care:

  • As individuals, we are open, empathetic, and socially responsible.
  • We foster inclusive, holistic relationships that start with individuals then blossom out into the larger community and world.

Nature … through an indigenous lens we care for:

  • The Natural World: We foster our interconnection to the natural world; land, place, people.
  • Human Nature: We celebrate the balance of Head, Heart, and Hands (critical thinking/academics, social/emotional learning, experiential learning/real-life skills) and support the freedom to be who we are.
  • The Nature of Learning: We honour our students’ intrinsic desire to learn and thrive in a safe and holistic environment with effective leadership.

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My Thoughts on September 30th

Once again, I share my thoughts as an Anishinabekwe with a following and a responsibility BUT any thoughts or words from our elders, from those who truly survived must take precedent over mine.

With that clearly established, here are my thoughts on what we should be doing on Friday, September 30th, the second National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

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First, in the words of so many wiser than me, truth comes before reconciliation. For the non-indigenous of Canada this should be a day of learning.

Having said that, it is NOT a day to reach out to indigenous for that guidance (unless, like me, they have chosen to do an event for that purpose).

If you are not sure why, ask yourself "On November 11, do we question veterans, asking them to explain all they experienced in the various conflicts?"

No, we should not. Nor should we expect survivors to explain or share or do anything but heal on this day. This is a day for Google. This is a day for YouTube videos. This is a day to get caught up on episodes of Pam Palmater’s “A Warrior Life” podcast. This is time for learning on your own, as non-indigenous Canadians because this is YOUR country’s history and today, you must put in the effort to learn the truth.

If there is an indigenous event in your area, attend if you so choose. Do not judge it. Do not speak at it. Do not share your opinion of it. Simply absorb and again, learn.

If you must wear an orange shirt today, realize it is a commitment to do more than put on a loud shirt. It is a commitment to do the work. If you do not know enough yet to make that commitment, don’t wear one. Instead, support those that do.

If you must buy an orange shirt, buy either from an indigenous artisan or MAKE SURE that all dollars are going to an indigenous community or agency. DO NOT support the profiting off indigenous pain.

For the indigenous on this day, my only advice - do what feels right to you. Heal. Be kind to you. Go to work if you want to. Today, we celebrate that those that came before survived, allowing us to be here. They survived so we could live free.

Today, my friend, live free.

In closing, in my humble opinion, September 30th is our remembrance day. It is our day to give thanks that we are still here. It is our day to pray for those who still carry deep, dark memories and scars. It is a day to forgive those still acting out in the ways that were ingrained in them in the schools. It is a day to try to understand a little more, a little deeper, without judgement.

I will be giving a speech. I will be doing an event. I chose to do that because I am free to. And in my mind, I carry the responsibility to educate those that do not yet understand so that others don’t have to.

A’ho.

I hope my words helped.

I love you!
HUGSSSSSSSS
Sandi
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