Rocky Mountain School District No. 6

Posted on Sep 29, 2022

Tomorrow, is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and although there is still so much work to continue to do, the District is very proud of the work that has begun and the concerted focus by the teachers and leaders in the District.

In the 2021-2022 school year, the District worked with Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) to create the Every Child Matters Year-long Learning Challenge. Participants learned about our local communities, met with Elders and Knowledge holders, and worked on strengthening relationships with each community. We held monthly webinars for the Every Child Matters campaign, had local Indigenous people present, and participated in The Moosehide campaign.  This work will continue to unfold this year.

The District leadership team enthusiastically undertook professional development by piloting and completing the Four Seasons of Reconciliation, a 10-module course, through the First Nations University of Canada and Reconciliation Education. We had monthly discussions about what we learned and can do to support Indigenous learning and equity in our communities.

On August 31, all staff in the District met in Invermere for a District Day of Learning focused on Truth and Reconciliation. The District had the honour of hearing Kevin Lamoureux deliver a keynote address. Kevin Lamoureux currently serves as education lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, on secondment from the University of Winnipeg, where he serves as Associate Vice President of Indigenous Affairs. He is a well-known public speaker and education consultant. Employees were given the opportunity to participate in two learning sessions, many with local Indigenous people, who shared their knowledge, perspectives, and expertise.

The District continues to build and strengthen our relationships with our local Indigenous communities and provide professional development for our staff on Indigenous perspectives, education, and equity.

This year, the District team is excited to support our secondary schools as they implement the new Indigenous course credit required to graduate. This commitment is in the Declaration Act Action Plan, which sets goals and outcomes for implementing the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia.