Aspen View Indigenous Advisory Council

Aspen View Indigenous Advisory Council
Posted on 05/30/2022
Indigenous Advisory Council
Aspen View Indigenous Advisory Council (l-r): Russel Hunter (Deputy Superintendent, Saddle Lake Education Authority); Elder Phillip Campiou (Aspen View resident Elder); Glenda Thiel (Indigenous educator); Dr. Karen Penney (Deputy Superintendent, Aspen View Public Schools); Lisa Marie Bourque (Fort McMurray Native Friendship Center and Trading Post); Alma Swan (Indigenous Liaison for Athabasca Schools); Elder Lilyrose Meyers (Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement, Métis Crossing, artist and instructor); Elder Mary Cardinal-Collins (Educator, linguistics specialist/consultant and curriculum development); Agnes Finney (Athabasca Native Friendship Center); Erin Halonen (AVPS Education for Reconciliation Coordinator); Wayne Jackson (White Fish Lake Cree Nation, Cree language instructor Blue Quills University). Missing: Stan Delorme (Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement); Lynn Stanley (Whitefish Lake Education Authority Director of Education).

Aspen View Public Schools is committed to the important work of Education for Reconciliation. In support of this work, Aspen View was pleased to host the inaugural meeting of its Indigenous Advisory Council at Métis Crossing in Smoky Lake County on May 25, 2022.

The Indigenous Advisory Council was established to support Aspen View Public Schools’ commitment to reconciliation by providing diverse perspectives; and to ensure that the inclusion of First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of being and knowing, for all staff and students throughout Aspen View Schools, is authentic and meaningful. Eight Indigenous Education partners representing different nations and areas of expertise met with Aspen View representatives to discuss the division’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit Framework.

Attendees responded very positively to the inception of the Indigenous Advisory Council. “I commend Aspen View for the work they are doing,” commented Agnes Finney, representing the Athabasca Native Friendship Centre. “It was always a dream of mine that the school district would start something like this and bring all the voices to the table.”

Moving forward, the Indigenous Advisory Council will continue to work towards Education for Reconciliation. This includes ways to promote content for all Aspen View students on residential schools and treaties; a K-12 curriculum development standard; and support for professional learning opportunities for teachers.

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