Indigenous Inclusion

Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Schools Initiative

The Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Schools Initiative supports students, educators, and families to learn First Nations, Métis and Inuit histories, cultures, traditional values, contemporary lifestyles and traditional knowledge systems across all learning environments.

Thirty-three pilot schools will work with Elders and Knowledge Keepers to learn Indigenous worldviews building community, and fostering successful impacts for teachers, students, families and communities.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in and learn about cultural teachings, experiences and Indigenous languages. Elders and Knowledge Keepers in schools will support development and delivery of Indigenous worldviews by sharing traditional knowledge, teaching practices and protocols to enhance the connection between families and schools. They will also provide supports to create a culture of understanding and respect.

These school pilots, along with input from the Elder and Knowledge Keeper in Schools Advisory Council, community consultations, conversations with school divisions within the Manitoba K-12 system will help create the Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Schools guidelines.

Elder and Knowledge Keepers in Schools Advisory Council Members:

  • Grandmother Ivy Chaske
  • Dr. Myra Laramee
  • Elder Charles Nelson
  • Elder Martha Peet
  • Elder Linda Schatkowsky
  • Dr. Mary Wilson

Pilot Sites (January 2022- March 2022)

  • Flin Flon School Division
  • Fort La Bosse School Division
  • Frontier School Division
  • Hanover School Division
  • Lord Selkirk School Division
  • Mountain View School Division
  • Pembina Trails School Division
  • Portage La Prairie School Division
  • Prairie Rose School Division
  • School District of Mystery Lake
  • St. James-Assiniboia School Division

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