Celebrating Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day at CBE

Jun. 17, 2022

​June is National Indigenous History Month. In addition to the inclusion of Indigenous ways of being, belonging, doing and knowing in and through our work throughout the school year, June is a time where we continue to acknowledge and learn about the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. Staff, students and families can also spend time in the community celebrating as part of Calgary’s Aboriginal Awareness Week.

Staff and students are committed to acknowledging and supporting the work of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. Last year CBE schools made a Commitment to Action in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. Throughout this month, schools are engaged in the process of reflection to renew their TRC Commitments to Action. This year, all CBE schools will share their renewed TRC Commitment to Action with their school community on June 21 in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day.

​Schools are also invited to consider opportunities to give back to the Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and community members who have supported each school's unique learning over the past year. In the spirit of reciprocity, schools are encouraged to share how Indigenous ways of being, belonging, doing and knowing have impacted their learning and work with students’ values. They are also encouraged to nurture their relationships with the Indigenous community.

Earlier this year, the Board of Trustees approved the Indigenous Education Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework. This Framework provides a foundation upon which individual staff members, teams, schools (including students and community), service units, and our district can meaningfully position and deepen our individual and collective knowledge, decisions, and actions to meet the holistic needs of all students.

CBE is committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the TRC 94 Calls to Action specific to education. Incorporating the foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada and holistic ways of learning into the classroom and throughout our school division is for the benefit of all students.

If parents/guardians are looking for more information, events, or ways to involve students in learning and education outside of the classroom, please view the links below:

Central Memorial High School students at Nose Hill Siksikaitsitapi Medicine Wheel​