Grande Yellowhead Public School Division is proud to collaboratively work with a number of partners to ensure that Indigenous perspectives are appropriately included in all programs of study offered in our schools. Some of these partnerships include Alberta Education, local Friendship Centers, Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, parents, teachers, Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers, community members, post-secondary institutions, the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre in Jasper National Park, the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada, and many other community stakeholders and organizations. This collaboration is to assist our teachers in learning more about the history and the legacy of residential schools, the Treaties and the history of Indigenous peoples in order to better meet the needs of Aboriginal students.
GYPSD Programs Include:
- Indigenous Lead Teacher in each school
- Self-Identification of Indigenous students and Recognition through the Honouring Spirit Award
- Indigenous Language and Culture Program Partnership with Hinton Friendship Centre at Crescent Valley Elementary
Language Learning Options in Cree and Michif
Annual province-wide Indigenous Education Camp
Land-based Learning and Outdoor Classrooms
GYPSD believes that every student is capable of learning at high levels. Every student is unique and will chart their own pathway to achieve their goals. Indigenous students experience greater success as engaged participants when learning is authentic and connected to their personal values, world views, and ways of knowing. One of Grande Yellowhead’s priorities is ensuring the success of our Indigenous students in alignment with the goals under Alberta Education and their supports for Indigenous students.
Our schools strive to create welcoming, respectful, safe and caring, learning environments where all students can thrive.
Indigenous Pathways' Newsletter
For further information, please contact:
Carra Aschenmeier - Acting Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services