An interpretive and education wall at the Chief Whitecap School in Saskatoon. Photo courtesy spsd.sk.ca.
Whitecap Dakota First Nation is partnering with Saskatoon Public Schools on a project to educate students on Indigenous perspectives of history, culture and language.
The project is a part of a Canada 150 reconciliation initiative.
The new material will be mainly introduced at the new Chief Whitecap School in Saskatoon’s Stonebridge neighbourhood. The school will be holding its grand opening on Friday.
During construction of the school several interpretive education walls were built to showcase aspects of Indigenous history in the region. Located in the school’s entrance and culture room, these walls historically significant moments for the Dakota along with other Indigenous peoples.
The new curriculum will use these walls along with new education material for lessons on Dakota history and culture for Kindergarten to Grade 8.
While the curriculum is being introduced at Chief Whitecap School it will be available to any teacher throughout the school division.