Back: Father Jim Holland OMI, Metis Veteran Jack White, Elder Francis Alexis, Mr. Leith Campbell, Assistant Superintendent LSE Joe Naccarato
Front: Elder Tony Arcand, Former Board of Trustee Cindy Olsen, Ms. Gisele Wood, Ms. Betty Letendre, Late Jerry Wood
Council of Elders
On behalf of the Council of Elders, I would like to extend greeting for a blessed school year. We have been busy in the community with harvesting medicines, attending ceremonies, pow wow and round dances. Our office is located at Ben Calf Robe School 11833-64 street, please feel free to drop by or contact us at780-471-2360. We wish everyone a blessed school year as we work towards making a difference into the lives of our children and community.
The Council of Elders is guided by the
Indigenous Sacred Laws which are aligned with the ECSD core values.
The Board of
Trustees recognizes the Indigenous Elders council as the authentic voice of the
Edmonton Catholic School District.
The Council of Elders consist of First Nations Metis and Inuit members. The Council of Elders is the knowledge and
wisdom keepers. They provide language,
cultural wisdom and spiritual guidance to students and District staff based on
the Pimatisiwin “Way of Life” teachings.
The Cree word for Pimatisiwin means “Way of Life”,
Pimatisiwin is a value that includes growth/change, pride, healing,
self-esteem, unity, identity, tradition and culture.
The purpose of the
Indigenous Council of Elders in relation to the Edmonton Catholic School
District is to enhance and support the District in areas of First Nations,
Metis and Inuit education by providing advice and recommendations in:
for First Nations, Metis and Inuit education m government and the broader
as and be recognized as the authentic voice in areas of protocol and ceremony
parental and community involvement on furthering Indigenous education in ECSD
the integration of First Nation, Metis and Inuit content and perspectives into
provincial curricula, classrooms and schools
traditional guidance and support to staff and students in matters pertaining to
traditional teachings and cross-cultural issues within the school and community
of First Nations, Metis and Inuit staff
Member of the Council share cultural teachings and can
be called upon to lead Indigenous ceremonies.
Sacred Indigenous ceremonies serve to develop an
understanding of the connectedness between Indigenous spirituality and
Catholicity. Members of the Council
assist in the planning and administering of Catholic celebrations.
To request an Elder please contact Kehteya Elizabeth
(Betty) Letendre or Rhonda Metallic at 780 471-2360 Email: Elizabeth.Letendre@ecsd.net
Sacred Pipe Ceremonies 2018-2019
The Council of Elders hosts a Sacred Pipe Ceremony four times a year to welcome and honour each new season, hosted at a Nehiyaw Pimatisiwin Schools.
Please join us as we celebrate friendships, welcome new friends to the circle, and to ask God/Creator for his blessings.
If you have any questions on protocol of the Sacred Pipe Ceremony, please contact the Council of Elders office: Kehteya Elizabeth (Betty) Letendre or Rhonda Metallic at: 780-471-2360 Email: Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org or Rhonda.email@example.com
Location and Time
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Our Lady of Peace @ 10 am
Thursday, December 20, 2018
St. Francis of Assisi @ 10 am
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Ben Calf Robe School @ 10 am
Thursday, June 14, 2018
St. Thomas More @ 10 am
Who to Contact
Kehteya Elizabeth (Betty) Letendre or Rhonda Metallic
Council of Elders
Email: Elizabeth.Letendre@ecsd.net or Rhonda.Metallic@ecsd.net