Treaty 8 flags to be flown at all PRSD schools
For immediate release
August 24, 2018 – Over the next two years, Treaty 8 flags will be installed at all PRSD schools as approved by the board of trustees at the board meeting held on August 21, 2018.
“All our schools are situated on Treaty 8 land and it is an honor to recognize traditional land by flying the Treaty 8 flags at all our school sites” says Peace River School Division (PRSD) Board Chair Darren Kuester. “The board unanimously voted in favor of flying the Treaty 8 flag to honor traditional land, Indigenous culture and to impact change and support reconciliation through education, celebration and acknowledgement of Indigenous territory and history.”
The installation of the Treaty 8 flags will take place over a two year period and involves installation of flag poles and formal flag ceremonies at each site. Red Earth Creek, Peace River High, Paul Rowe Jr Sr High, Grimshaw Public, Hines Creek Composite and Worsley Central schools are scheduled to have the flags installed this school year.
The recommendation came from the PRSD First Nations Metis and Inuit Steering Committee that includes a local Elder, a PRSD trustee, management and school staff. The committee meets bi-annually to collaborate and ensure the ongoing integration of Indigenous based teaching and learning in PRSD schools.
PRSD students are also provided opportunities to participate in sweat lodges, the Blanket Exercise, listening to the teachings of elders, the Seven Grandfather Teachings and Aboriginal Studies courses for high school students. Participation in Orange Shirt Day, PRSD’s hand-games competition, culture clubs, story telling and the Aboriginal Career Fair are other examples of opportunities offered in PRSD schools. Every June, many PRSD graduates are celebrated at the Peace River Pow Wow Graduation Ceremony. Last school year, several students attended the Walking with Our Sisters art installation in Grande Prairie that honors and brings awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.