Message from the Superintendent
Everyone matters in our safe and caring schools!
In Chinook's Edge, we know that meaningful relationships and trust are fundamental for moving our students toward success. We are committed to ensuring each of our students and staff feel they are safe, cared for and that they belong. To support this important priority, Chinook's Edge has developed an FNMI Steering Committee, which is exploring best practices in supporting First Nations, Metis and Inuit students in our schools. The objective is to not only enhance the cultural and academic experiences of FNMI students, but also to bring an FNMI perspective to curriculum for all students.
Honouring and celebrating FNMI students and teachings enriches the experience in our schools for every student and staff who enters. Details about the work of the FNMI Steering Committee will be shared in the coming weeks through an expanded section on our division website, and we invite you to visit our website to see the important work underway. By purposefully sharing its findings, the FNMI Steering Committee is guiding students throughout our division to a deeper understanding of culture and perspectives. Our Learning Services team and the entire Central Office staff is involved, to ensure the FNMI Steering Committee successfully achieves its objectives. We are confident this important work will lead to higher success and understanding for all our students, and that each student in our care will know they are supported on their way to achieving success as compassionate and innovative global citizens.
When students are being registered to attend a school in Chinook's Edge, there is an opportunity to identify if they are of First Nations, Metis or Inuit descent. For information on why we ask this question, please click here.
Superintendent of Schools
Welcome From the FNMI Coordinator
As with all school divisions in the province, Chinook's Edge is mandated by Alberta Education to include First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) teachings in its curriculum, and to ensure FNMI students are supported in a manner that reflects their unique culture. FNMI teachings are already very strongly present in our curriculum. We want to make this as rich as possible for our students, and are working to share and incorporate as many ideas from our classrooms as possible.
To achieve our goals, we formed an FNMI Steering Committee to support greater understanding and more connections in our classrooms. We worked to ensure each area of our large rural school division has representation on the Steering Committee, and are building on the respectful dialogue and collaboration that exists among teachers and schools in Chinook's Edge.
I am keen to continue developing this strong FNMI focus, because it is my passion. Before arriving to Chinook's Edge, I taught in a First Nations community in Northern Alberta. I worked hard to understand the culture and sought advice from Elders in the community. I was encouraged to allow the community to welcome me, to accept tea in their homes where I was able to share the positive things that were happening for their children at school. I asked what the kids were interested in and got to know them and their families better. Soon parents became more comfortable coming into the school for various activities. It made a difference to many lives, because we formed a relationship and everyone grew. Strong relationships are the foundation to success for all of our students, and we are committed to establishing this strong foundation with all our students.
Chinook's Edge is on Treaty 6 and 7 land, but we have no reserve land or feeder reserves in our division which is unique among rural school divisions in Alberta. This makes it incumbent upon us to purposefully include FNMI lessons, symbols, teachings, and philosophies wherever we can. The total number of FNMI students in Chinook's Edge is increasing, which may be due to our registration process which encourages students to self-identify if they are from a First Nations, Metis or Inuit descent. Within the last year, the total number of self-identified FNMI students has increased to 716 in our division.
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