Truth and Reconciliation
We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional lands of the Treaty Six First Nations and the homeland of the Metis. In this place, we respect all people. We know that we need to learn more about how to seek the truth and how to reconcile. We still have much to learn about how to live in the spirit of reconciliation every day.
We observe National Day of Reconciliation at our school, and we work toward reconciliation in a number of ways throughout the school year. We wear our orange shirts to show honor, respect, and care to our students, families, and staff. We are saddened by the loss of so many children to the history of residential schools in Canada, and Saskatchewan. We know the history of what occurred with FNMI families and residential schools was very difficult, and full of challenges that continue to have long-term effects. We know we need to do our very best to create a safe, welcoming environment for learning for our students. We need to do our best to continue to reach out to our Cree, Dene, Metis, Inuit, and all First Nations families in our community. They belong. They matter. We want the very best for their children and their families.
We invite FNMI elders to reach out to us at our school. We are always interested in getting to know our elders and other FNMI leaders in our community and neighboring communities. Our students need role models from all cultures, and we look to you for guidance and support in our learning journey at CPES. We look for opportunities to bring FNMI culture and celebrations into our school. We engage in the Saskatchewan Treaty Teachings in our school, and throughout our curriculum, we bring FNMI perspectives and the treaty learnings to our students. We are all treaty people.
For more information, please feel free to reach out to us at Central Park Elementary:
Shelley Pierlot, CPES Principal
Janessa Sholter, FNMI Staff Representative
Sharon Meyers, NESD FNMI Consultant (advisory to our school and our division)