First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education

Land and People Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with respect the history and culture of the peoples with whom Treaty 6 was signed and the land upon which Elk Island Public Schools reside.  We also acknowledge the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation.

We recognize our responsibility as Treaty members and honour the heritage and gifts of the First Peoples.

We commit to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation. 

First Nations Treaties in Alberta:  Treaty 6

National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated across Canada on June 21, offers an opportunity for us to celebrate the Indigenous voices in our communities, to reflect on the steps schools are taking towards Reconciliation, and also to recognize the important work that still needs to be done to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and histories into education. One of the voices that will help guide Elk Island Public Schools’ journey over the next school year is Jeremy Albert, a new member of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education team. Click here to read more.

Check out the many virtual ways to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Highlights from the 2019-2020 School Year

EIPS said good-bye to Elder Wilson as our Elder in Residence. He is launching his newest children’s book series, Shiha Tooskin Knows. His wisdom and guidance will be missed. Elder Wilson recapped his time with EIPS, sharing his thanks and sending out some of his hopes for the future.

And so, we welcome Jeremy Albert to our team. He is a Cree Knowledge-Keeper with tons of experience working in the schools. Elder Wilson took the time to introduce Jeremy to the team.

Indigenous History Month

Alex Janvier was one of the “Indian Group of Seven” artists responsible for the birth of Canadian contemporary Aboriginal art. He was born in Cold Lake First Nation in Alberta in 1935, from where he was sent to an Indian residential school and the school principal discovered his talent.

His “modernist abstraction” style is considered a visual language well-suited to large-scale works like his fellow “Seven” artists Norval Morrisseau and Bill Reid. Janvier signed his paintings with his treaty number from 1966 to 1977 to protest oppressive policies against his people put in place by the government.

Join us in celebrating Indigenous History Month. Who is your hero? Explore here:

June is National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month and LGBTQ Pride Month. And yet there seems to be so much more that needs to be said… so as we move through this month and into the summer, take some time to continue your learning and honoring of our Indigenous and Two-spirited brothers and sisters. Here are some ideas:

  1. I. A. M. Indigenous Artists Market Collective display and sell their work at the downtown City Market every Saturday and Sunday (various artists rotate through). In the old Army/Navy building: 10305-97 Street, 2nd Floor.
  2. Treaty Talk: Sharing the River of Life. Discussing issues found in our Treaty 6 Territory, this film explores how Indigenous nations and non-Indigenous allies in Canada can come together to transform racism and discrimination.
  3. Anthony Johnson and James Makokis. They are an Indigenous, two-spirit couple who won last years The Amazing Race Canada. Dr. James Makokis is a doctor within our Treaty 6 Territory.
  4. June 21st celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis! Due to COVID-19, all events are pending but, check out the link for more information!