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Indigenous Learning Services

Reconciliation is the process and goal of creating societal change through a fundamental shift in thinking and attitudes, increasing intercultural understanding to build a better society” (Alberta Education - Leadership Quality Standard, 2016). In Edmonton Catholic Schools, we are committed to “restoring and honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action; we strongly believe that truth must be acknowledged to move forward to reconciliation” (Edmonton Catholic Schools - Land Acknowledgment , 2017). This commitment includes supports for Indigenous Students through programs such as Braided Journeys and a district-wide focus on staff and student learning about Indigenous histories and cultures. We will continue to learn the truth together, in hopes of one day building a relationship built on reconciliation and mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.


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For more information on Indigenous Learning Services at Edmonton Catholic Schools, Please Contact:

General Inquires, Indigenous Learning Services
ilsgeneral.inquires.email@ecsd.net
780 944 2000


Indigenous Learning Services supports district students, families, staff, and administration through the following supports and services:

Braided Journeys Student Support Centres are committed to assisting student success by cultivating a caring, welcoming, and positive place where Indigenous students see themselves, their contributions, and their culture represented, respected, and celebrated.

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The Four Directions Wellness Specialist provides holistic programming, using the medicine wheel teachings, to assess balance and health and focuses on innovative ways to increase multilevel supports to indigenous students.

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The Truth & Reconciliation Specialist supports the Calls to Action, TQS, LQS, SQS, and Division Goals through providing teacher, school leader, and whole district professional development opportunities, supporting the Truth & Reconciliation Lead Teacher role, and developing & delivering curriculum.

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The role of the graduation coach is to provide mentoring and guidance to FNMI students to ensure they are provided with a nurturing and safe environment that supports them as they find a sense of competence and achievement.

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The Mountain Cree Camp (more commonly known in the past as the Smallboy Camp) was established in 1967 by Chief Robert (Bobtail) Smallboy and Lazarus Roan from the Erminskin band.

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In June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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