Land Acknowledgement - Contest Winners
March 10, 2021 - Parkland School Division (PSD) recognizes the historical significance and contributions of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and their cultures and understands the important role that the Indigenous communities play today and in the future. We recognize the importance of honouring and acknowledging Treaty 6 Territory as we work towards strengthening relations and building bridges with our neighbouring Indigenous communities.
PSD opened a poster contest to all PSD schools in October 2020 as a tangible way for students in Grades 4 – 12 to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a Treaty person and to showcase their creativity and artistic talents.
As the contest drew to a close on January 29, 2021, there were over fifty entries submitted by students from a number of PSD schools. The judging panel included:
- Lance Cardinal, local First Nation artist/designer/photographer
- JoAnne Denis, Local Metis artist
- Kathy Mann, Director of Instructional Services
- Violet Poitras, community Elder from Paul First Nation
- Glenna House, Stoney language coordinator for Paul First Nation
Judging took place on February 9, 2021. Scores were tallied and a winner in each age category was named:
- Elementary Winner – Carson Nielsen, Grade 4, Forest Green
- Jr. High Winner – El McKenzie, Grade 9, Stony Creek, CFL
- Sr. High Winner – Taelin Bird, Grade 12, Memorial Composite High School
Each winning student’s original art has been custom framed and will be presented to the students by Lance Cardinal and Miss TJ, Indigenous Education Facilitator on March 10, 2021. A copy of each winning artwork has been framed and will be on display at the PSD’s Centre of Education.
The official PSD land acknowledgement has been modified to include the written contributions of Makena Keenan, a grade 9 student from Prescott Learning Centre.
The overall winning poster was Taelin Bird. All PSD schools will receive 11X17 Land Acknowledgment posters to be put up in their schools.
With peace, harmony and unity, we honour the land on which we stand as Treaty 6 territory. This is sacred land to many First Nation, Metis and Inuit, in particular our neighbours, Paul First Nation, Enoch Cree Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Alexander Cree Nation and our friends of the Metis Nation. We recognize and acknowledge Indigenous values, traditional teachings, ways of being, contributions and historical inequalities. We respect all cultures with an open heart and an open mind. We ALL heal together.