he pleae The first part of Truth and Reconciliation is TRUTH. Without knowing what has and is happening the RECONCILIATION piece can’t take place. That’s why it’s important students think about these things in school.
As a Trustee for EPSB, there are several policies I will support to uphold Truth and Reconciliation in our schools.
- The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 as a District holiday.
- Continue to support the EPSB’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit department.
- Uphold the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Policy (adopted in 2020, up for review in 2026). This policy affirms the Board of Trustees’ responsibility to support First Nation, Métis and and Inuit (FMNI) students to thrive, feel safe and be included while also being respectful of students’ lived experiences. It also acknowledges the harmful impact of colonization, including intergenerational loss of culture, language and family connections. The policy also emphasizes the need to strengthen academic achievement through collaborative partnerships with Elders.
It is wonderful to see the creative ways in which teachers are engaging students in Truth and Reconciliation. As trustee, I will support our teachers and schools to continue to:
- Engage students and families in community events that seek to uphold Truth and Reconciliation. For example, the Orange Shirt Day walk/run for Every Child Matters, here in Edmonton.
- Welcome presentations and activities with Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Edmonton’s classrooms.
- Annually explore the 97 Calls to Action in Edmonton Public classrooms in ways that are appropriate to each grade, from K-12.
I’d like to hear your thoughts how we can support Truth and Reconciliation in our schools. What leadership do you want to see from the Edmonton Public School Board and your Ward F trustee? You can add a comment below or send me a message in the Contact Julie form on the homepage.