The Chinook's Edge School division took part in special Indigenous ceremonies last week.

Administrative teams from each school in the division were part of an Indigenous Flag Blessing ceremony. The event involved Elders from Treaty 6, Treaty 7 and the Métis Nation, who joined to perform their own time-honoured ceremony for multiple flags of the nations they represent, so that each Chinook’s Edge school is ready to install their own Indigenous flags at their schools this spring.

This work honours the division’s ongoing commitment to ensure a welcoming culture to Indigenous students and families through the use of a symbol that is vital to them, so that Indigenous students feel a sense of pride. It embraces Indigenous Learning for all students and staff, and continues the division’s efforts in reconciliation.

photo of ceremonyElder John Sinclair, a familiar Knowledge Keeper in Chinook’s Edge from Good Fish Lake First Nation & Ermineskin First Nation, led an opening welcome

Superintendent Kurt Sacher thanked the many people whose work is bringing this important recognition to all students and all people throughout the division.

“This is a historic moment for our school division, and one that fills us with tremendous pride as we continue to make authentic steps forward with respect to truth and reconciliation. What we have witnessed today is an important step, and I want to thank our Indigenous Learning team, our administrators, our staff and our Board for what they have all done to this point, and for what all of you will continue to do. In Chinook’s Edge, our actions will always speak louder than our words,” said Superintendent Sacher.