June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. On this day, School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) wants to recognize and celebrate the cultures, customs, and legacy of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. SD6 is located on the unceded and shared territory of the Secwépemc and Ktunaxa People, and the chosen home of the Métis Peoples of BC. We want to extend our deepest gratitude to our Indigenous partners, the Shuswap Band, the Akisqnuk First Nation, the Ktunaxa Nation, Métis Nation Columbia River Society, Columbia Valley Métis Association, and the Rocky Mountain Métis Association.
We also want to extend a huge thank you to the teachers, Educational Assistants, Indigenous Education Support Workers and many others who are taking a leading role in educating our students about the history and culture of our First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. In particular, the District would like to acknowledge, Jenna Jasek, District Vice Principal of Indigenous Education and Equity. Jenna started her role in September 2021. Within her role, she strives to bring understanding and change through Truth and Reconciliation, partnering with the Secwépemc, Ktunaxa and Métis people and continued learning and teachings.
While June 21 is a celebration for the value of all Indigenous culture and history, in SD6 we strive year-long to cultivate lasting relationships that build towards Truth and Reconciliation and equity for all Indigenous peoples.