Historically, residential schools have been known as locations of cultural assimilation and genocide of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children across Canada. Today, Alberta schools are working towards reconciliation of such a history by sharing the "truth" of this past and looking at how to best cultivate positive and respectful relationships among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
On October 27, 2017, each of our 16 schools took part in a residential schooling session offered by lead staff. In this session, staff were actively engaged in examining the history, impacts, and legacy of residential schooling, including the effects of intergenerational trauma. Tools, resources, and strategies that contribute to the development of mutually respectful relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians were explored.