Walking Together: Awareness, Truth and Reconciliation

Westwind Trustees and Administration participate in an evening dedicated to cultural awareness.

Last night, Trustees and Administrators from Westwind School Division, as well as neighbouring Provincial school jurisdictions Livingstone Range, Lethbridge Public and Holy Spirit, were invited by the Kainai Board of Education to participate in an evening dedicated to truth and reconciliation in Lethbridge. 

Attendees had the opportunity to break bread and gain a greater cultural awareness through a Treaty 7 “blanket exercise”. This exercise was a moving experience for the sixty people who were in attendance, each of whom had a very personal opportunity to reflect on the intergenerational impacts of colonization on our First Nation’s neighbours, especially in regard to the residential school experience.  

Recognizing the shared students from the Blood Reserve are “all of our students,” system leaders from these five systems have met many times over the past few years to specifically address the achievement gap for First Nation students and to create a framework that will form the basis for a new educational services agreement.

Westwind School Division Trustees and Administration express sincere gratitude to the Kainai Board of Education for their gift of time, understanding, sharing and their commitment to deepen our partnership to better meet the needs of all of our students.