Indigenous Perspectives

(Picture on the left) Elders and Knowledge Keepers with a Sun West Student Representative visiting a prayer rock near Herschel. (Picture on the right) A wall of Truth and Reconciliation learnings created by Grade 4 students at Outlook Elementary School.

Establishing and maintaining genuine and respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples is part of the work of reconciliation and is a priority for Sun West. We aim to engage all students in their personalized growth in knowledge and experience of Indigenous Perspective.

We do this by focusing on the following goals:

  • Infusing Indigenous Perspectives throughout K-12 curriculum.
  • Supporting staff growth and understanding of authentic Indigenous Perspectives
  • Building confidence in all Sun West students & staff related to Truth and Reconciliation

To increase understanding of Indigenous Perspectives as well as respond to the Calls to Action concerning education in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, Sun West infuses Indigenous perspectives in classroom teaching, professional development and extracurricular activities.

Sun West’s Indigenous Perspectives engagement coach provides professional learning opportunities for teachers and visits classrooms to teach students about Indigenous culture and history.

(Picture on the left) Sun West teacher Kelsi Moser learning beadwork at an Indigenous Perspectives Workshop. (Picture on the right) Walter Aseltine students in Rosetown participating in a talking circle on the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.