Elders Gatherings

Gatherings with our Elders within the schools across the division to build relationships and knowledge.  A Gather Space has been designated in an area within the school, that students can visit and learn more about Indigenous culture. 

Orange Shirt Day

The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on. 

Orange Shirt Day  Sept. 20, 2022

Orange Shirt Day September 30th, 2021

Orange shirt day previous years 

Tent Gifting at Dr. Clark

September 2021

Indigenous Awareness Family Night

FMPSD celebrates Indigenous Awareness Family Night through entertainment, performances, education, food and vendors which honor Indigenous Culture.   Students, staff, families and community gather for celebrate.  

Awards and Recognition

First Nations, Métis & Inuit Celebrations

Rock Your Mocs

Established in 2011, Rock Your Mocs which is a worldwide Indigenous Peoples movement held annually during NovemberIt’s easy to participate by wearing moccasins to school, to work or wherever your day takes youRock Your Mocs if a fun way to unify Indigenous Peoples globally through internet social media, participants post their photos for everyone to enjoy, sharing their stories #ROCKYOURMOCS. It’s like a great big fun moccasin party that everyone gets to see pictures of!
FACEBOOK: @rockyourmocs

Indigenous Awareness Week

FMPSD celebrates Indigenous Awareness Week annually during the third week in May.  We honor, recognize and celebrate Indigenous culture, history and traditions though special guests, presentations, dance and music, food, art, traditional teachings, and the list goes on! 

Family Feasts

Some schools across Fort McMurray Public School Division have Family Feasts to celebrate and honor our Indigenous Families.   It is a way to build stronger relationships and to get to know our families on a deeper level, creating a safe and caring environment for all.  

Welcome Back  To School Feast September 2021

Composite High Family Feast Dec. 2022

Family Feasts previous years

Moose Hide Campaign

The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children.

Wearing this moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together to end violence against women and children.

Teepee Gifting at Westwood High School

Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) thanks Suncor Energy for their gift of a Teepee installed at Westwood Community High School on October 15, 2020. The Teepee was raised by the McMurray Métis, and we are grateful to them for their assistance.    

Thickwood Heights Braiding Indigenous Ways

Thickwood Heights school created an event to share the great work they have been doing at Braiding Indigenous Ways into their curriculum.  Hand in hand with this was the highlight of their work as a Legacy School and working with the Gord Downie foundation, fundraising by creating hand beaded buffalo tooth necklaces. 

Have a Heart Day

Students learned about the importance of this day, being a youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the opportunity to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.  Schools who chose to participate shared what they did on social media.