At the last Board meeting held on May 28, 2019, the Golden Hills Board of Trustees was thrilled to hear about the numerous projects that have been occurring throughout the Division to promote First Nations history and to share the rich traditions of the Blackfoot culture. Our partnership with Siksika First Nation has been invaluable in driving these efforts.
Every year, the presence of Siksika culture has been increasing in many of our schools. Students can attend language and culture classes, use an app dedicated to teaching Blackfoot language, and attend annual pow wows and indigenous day celebrations, to name a few. These cultural opportunities are always such a joy, as students and staff engage and obtain a strong understanding of the positive impact such cultural experiences have on our students and their cultural awareness.
Our partnership has not only created opportunities for connecting and learning, but it has also driven direct involvement and action. Student Chief and Chief Council appointments allow students to apply their leadership skills in meaningful contexts, and increasing numbers of non-First Nation students are joining Native Clubs at each of our schools. For years, Siksika Liaison Workers have been committed to supporting the learning of our Siksika Nation Students, and guest speakers from Siksika Nation have been sharing their knowledge and wisdom rooted in Blackfoot culture. Elder Clarence Wolfleg Senior has provided tremendous support to so many initiatives within Golden Hills. Golden Hills is truly fortunate to have such an active and passionate community.
Golden Hills School Division is excited to announce that it will also be using a provincial grant funding to introduce new Blackfoot Language programming at Carseland School in the 2019-2020 school year. This programming promises to be an important pilot program in the district.