OKI, TANSI, TAANISHI, ÂBA WATHTECH, HELLO, BONJOUR
Blackfoot, Cree, Michif, Stoney Nakoda, English, French
Truth & Reconciliation For Learner Success Toolkit
Educators and FSD staff can use this tool on their own or as a group to inform their professional learning. They can also use these tools and resources with their students while integrating foundational knowledge of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples and advancing Truth & Reconciliation in their school contexts.
Students, families, and communities can use the tools and resources within to build their personal knowledge about Truth & Reconciliation and gain a greater appreciation for Indigenous culture, wisdom and ways of knowing.
Foothills School Division Land Acknowledgement
In the spirit of reconciliation, the Foothills School Division acknowledges and thanks the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the first peoples of southern Alberta including the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Tsuut’ina, and Stoney Nakoda First Nations. This land is also the proud home to the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3.
We take this opportunity to acknowledge the spirit, life, and lessons that this land has shared with us over past generations and honour the spirit, life, and lessons that this land will continue to share with us in the coming seasons of life and learning.
We respect the stories that our ancestors told of this place and the wisdom that lives in the history of this land.
We thank Mother Earth for the generous gifts she has provided us to sustain our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls.
In this way, we recognize the land as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on.
Let us go forward in a good way.
All my relations.
School Land Acknowledgements
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that Ecole Secondare Foothills Composite High School, Alberta High School of Fine Arts, in The Foothills School Division is on the traditional territories of the peoples of the treaty 7 region, which includes the Blackfoot confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kaini First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley. The city of Okotoks is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. In the spirit of reconciliation, we would like this acknowledgement to evoke in all of us a call-to-action of shared responsibility to the land and to our treaty relationships.
- Welcome to Meadow Ridge School, home of the Grizzlies. We would like to acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples who have cherished and walked this land for generations. Blackfoot legend tells the tale of grizzlies sharing the land long ago with the indigenous peoples of the plains. A treaty was struck among the peoples of the plains and the grizzlies. The grizzlies would move closer to the mountains if the people would protect and care for the buffalo and the land. Like the grizzlies that roamed our lands among our indigenous peoples, at Meadow Ridge we find our inner strength to face the challenges of life, to be generous to those around us and the courage to be ourselves.
Contact: Charity Tegler, Indigenous Learning Facilitator