A warm evening in December brought Centennial’s Indigenous students and families together with Elders, staff, and youth organizations in celebration of the season, and in an effort to build relationships through reconciliation. On Dec.11, Centennial High School welcomed over 70 people for an evening of food, games, laughter, crafts, Santa and more. The event began in a good way with a blessing from Miiksikaam, Elder Clarence Wolfleg Sr. from Siksika. Following the Elder’s words we had a feast, there were door prizes and a give-away. This inaugural gathering is expected to be the first of many in an effort to build and maintain relationships with families and community to ensure all feel a sense of belonging at school.
“I just wanted to thank you and the CHS staff who hosted the dinner last night. Both of my boys commented how nice it was (which is NOT easy with hard-to-please teenagers!) and I also enjoyed the evening and delicious meal” (Janice R., parent)
With an appearance from Santa himself, he and Mrs. Claus ensured all left smiling with a photo to remember the evening. Generously supported by members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary- Iiyika’kimaat Program, Pathways, the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre, Métis Calgary Family Services, the Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and many dedicated Centennial High School staff, students and families left with a feeling of warmth of the season, as well as a full belly.