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Peace Wapiti Public School Division
Educating today for success tomorrow
Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76
Indigenous Education Services

Contact us

Brigitte Benning
Indigenous Education Coordinator
Central Office:
(780) 532-8133
 
 
Indigenous Liaisons: 
 
Beaverlodge Elementary School
Krista Lucas
kristalucas@pwpsd.ca 
(780) 354-2446
 
Beaverlodge Regional High School
Miranda Belcourt
mirandabelcourt@pwpsd.ca
(780) 354-2189
 
Bezanson School 
Kimberley Living
kimberleyliving@pwpsd.ca
(780) 532-6490
 
Clairmont Community School
Jackie Benning
jackiebenning@pwpsd.ca
(780) 567-4698
 
Elmworth School
Cynthia Gauthier
cynthiagauthier@pwpsd.ca 
(780) 354-8375
 
Harry Balfour School
To be announced
(780)532-9276
 
Helen E. Taylor School
To be announced
(780) 766-9103
 
Hythe Regional School
Barb Belcourt
barbbelcourt@pwpsd.ca
Shirley Horseman
shirleyhorseman@pwpsd.ca
Marlene Letendre
marleneletendre@pwpsd.ca
(780) 356-3934
 
Peace Wapiti Academy
Mhairi Elliot
mhairielliot@pwpsd.ca 
(780) 513-9504
 
Penson School
JoAnne Bernier
joeannbernier@pwpsd.ca
(780) 532-6390
 
Ridgevalley School
Bev Mustus
bevmustus@pwpsd.ca
(780) 957-3995
 
Robert W. Zahara Public School
Angela Dougal
angeladougall@pwpsd.ca
(780) 568-3823
 
Rycroft School
Heather Campbell
heathercampbell@pwpsd.ca 
(780) 765-3830
 
Sexsmith Secondary School
Angela Dougal
angeladougall@pwpsd.ca
(780) 568-3642
 
Spirit River Regional Academy
Corinne Dennis
corinnedennis@pwpsd.ca
(780) 864-3696
 
Teepee Creek School
Casey Brown
caseybrown@pwpsd.ca 
(780) 568-2265
 
Wembley Elementary School
Muriel Laboucan
muriellaboucan@pwpsd.ca
(780) 766-9103
 
Whispering Ridge
Community
School  
To be announced
(587) 771-2180
 
 
 Above: An Indigenous Liaison meets with a student at Clairmont Community School.

Purpose:

PWPSD Indigenous Education Services functions to support the positive experiences and success of Indigenous students. 

Values: 

1. Supporting the holistic well-being and academic success of all Indigenous students, resulting in increased retention and graduation rates across the district. 
 
2. Ensuring that schools are equipped to create learning environments that allow for increased understanding of and respect for Indigenous peoples. 

3. Fostering opportunities for truth and reconciliation through building and strengthening community relationships.

How Indigenous Education Services works

In agreement with Alberta Education, each Indigenous student and their parent(s) or guardian(s) will be asked to sign a declaration of Indigenous status so that Alberta Education may monitor the number of Indigenous students throughout PWPSD and the province of Alberta. When a student self-identifies as Indigenous and returns the signed declaration to the school, he or she is connected with an Indigenous Liaison.

Read the Indigenous Education brochure online.
 
 
Indigenous Liaisons
  • Meet with students on a regular basis during school hours to support their social and academic needs.
  • Seek to establish and maintain a trust relationship with Indigenous students and their families to assist with school-related issues.
  • Improve communication and increase interaction between students, parents, communities and schools.
  • Increase the knowledge and understanding of Indigenous history, Treaty and Aboriginal rights, lands, cultures and languages; and to provide referral services for Indigenous students and families to appropriate agencies. 
 
Aboriginal Summer Job Shadowing Program
 
Indigenous students may apply for a week of classroom training at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) followed by six weeks of job shadowing. Students are housed at GPRC’s residence facilities and receive a training allowance of $400 per week. Thanks to partnerships between PWPSD, GPRC and local businesses, this program is eligible for high school credit. Indigenous students will be exposed to possible career prospects and receive insights into the path required to achieve future goals.
 
 
New Indigenous-focused initiatives at PWPSD
  • Cree Language and Aboriginal Studies courses are offered at Hythe Regional School.
  • Additional support for specialized classes or projects focusing on Indigenous student success.
  • Annual $1,000 Indigenous post-secondary scholarship.
  • ‘Circle of Courage’ positive behaviour modelling.
  • Increased Indigenous content in classrooms and libraries.
 
Indigenous Guest Speaker Series

Guests share their success stories during PWPSD’s annual school tour. Past Indigenous guest speakers include:
  • Sherryl Sewepagaham, music educator, award-winning musician, and co-founding member of Asani.
  • Lorne Cardinal, actor from CTV’s Corner Gas.
  • Monique Hurteau, producer, writer and comedian who appears on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) as a fitness expert.
  • Cree musicians Jason Chamakese and Robert Gladue.
  • Linsay Willier, Canada’s Next Top Model finalist.
  • J.R. LaRose, a free safety with the BC Lions, and Jed Roberts, former Edmonton Eskimos linebacker and defensive end.
  • Ashley Callingbull, Miss Canada International 2010, Mrs. Universe 2015.
  • Reggie and Jamie Leach, the only Aboriginal father and son to be listed on the Stanley Cup.

 

Policy Statement on Native Education

Introduced by Alberta’s Minister of Education to the Alberta Legislative Assembly in 1987, the Policy Statement on Native Education in Alberta was significant because it was issued by the Government of Alberta. The policy stated that “Alberta Education would support the development and delivery of programs and services that would:

  • provide enhanced and equal opportunities for Native students to acquire the quality of education traditional in Alberta;
  • challenge Native students to learn and perform to the best of their ability;
  • provide opportunities for Native students to study and experience their own and other Native cultures and lifestyles;
  • provide opportunities for all students, Native and non-Native, in Alberta’s schools to recognize and appreciate the various Native cultures and their many contributions to the province and society.”
 
Resources
 

 

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2015 - Harry Balfour School

 


Media Releases

Jun. 18, 2019  PWPSD schools celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day
Apr. 26, 2019  PWPSD Indigenous Speakers Series welcomes “Métis Bev” 
Apr. 03, 2019  Post-secondary education focus of upcoming PWPSD Indigenous Speakers Series
Mar. 11, 2019  PWPSD schools welcome basketball star Michael Linklater
Sep. 24, 2018  Orange Shirt Day at PWPSD schools – Every Child Matters
Jun. 18, 2018  PWSD schools celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day
May. 18, 2018  PWSD schools welcome Grey Cup champion JR LaRose during FNMI school tour
Sept. 25, 2017 Orange Shirt Day at PWPSD schools
Jun. 19, 2017  PWSD schools celebrate National Aboriginal Day
Mar. 08, 2017  Duane Howard of The Revenant set to star in upcoming FNMI school tour 
Mar. 01, 2017  PWPSD’s annual FNMI Scholarship awarded to Spirit River Regional Academy graduate
Sept. 09, 2016  Back-to-back FNMI hockey-themed tours planned for September
June 20, 2016  PWPSD schools celebrate National Aboriginal Day
May 25, 2016  Aboriginal musician Sherryl Sewepagaham to tour PWPSD schools 
Mar. 02, 2016  PWPSD students to be recognized with Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards
Sept. 17, 2015  Lorne Cardinal, Monique Hurteau to tour PWPSD schools
June 26, 2015  Beaverlodge graduate receives PWPSD's FNMI Scholarship
June 04, 2015  Blue Bird Dance Troupe celebrates National Aboriginal Day with Harry Balfour School
June 04, 2015  PWPSD schools celebrate National Aboriginal Day
Apr. 29, 2015  CFL duo return for second leg of FNMI school tour 
Mar. 30, 2015  Hythe Healthy Initiatives Program receives $6,000 boost
Mar. 04, 2015  PWPSD students to be recognized with Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards
Oct. 16, 2014   FNMI school tour featuring Cree musicians underway at PWPSD schools



In the News


June 28, 2019  Rural high school students try on design thinking, problem-solving and collaboration at Indigenous Youth Forum, University of Calgary
May 06, 2019  Next installment of Indigenous speakers series combines history with messages of pride, 2day FM
May 01, 2019  'Metis Bev' presenting at Peace Wapiti schools, Daily Herald Tribune
Apr. 26, 2019  PWPSD Indigenous Speakers Series welcomes "Metis Bev", Reach FM
Apr. 07, 2019  Indigenous Speakers Series turns attention to post-secondary transition, Everything GP
Apr. 05, 2019  Indigenous speakers hope to encourage students' post-secondary dreams, 2day FM
Mar. 13, 2019  Indigenous basketball start touring PWPSD, Everything GP
Mar. 11, 2019  PWPSD schools welcome Michael Linklater, Reach FM
Mar. 11, 2019  Indigenous hoops start hopes to leave lasting impact on students, 2day FM
Sept. 26, 2017  Cree musician returning for FNMI school tour, Central Peace Signal

Mar. 20, 2017  Star of 'The Revenant' inspires local students, 2day FM

Mar. 09, 2017  Revenant actor starts in FNMI tour, Daily Herald Tribune

Mar. 07, 2017  "The Revenant" start to tour Peace Country Schools, 2day FM

Mar. 05, 2017  Aboriginal Youth awards presented, Daily Herald Tribune
Sept. 13, 2016  FNMI Tour with Stanley Cup winners continues, Big Country 93.1 FM
Sept. 13, 2016  Stanley Cup winners touring Peace Country schools this week, Q99 FM
Sept. 12, 2016  Stanley Cup winners back for second tour of Peace Region schools, 2day FM
Sept. 11, 2016  FNMI hockey-themed school tours returning to PWPSD, Daily Herald Tribune
June 27, 2016  Horse Lake First Nation honours student achievements, Daily Herald Tribune

June 21, 2016  Peace Region celebrating 20th National Aboriginal Day, 2day FM

June 21, 2016  Tuesday is National Aboriginal Day, Big Country 93.1 FM
June 21, 2016  Local events coming up for National Aboriginal Day, Q99 FM
Mar. 08, 2016  Aboriginal youth honoured at Spirit Seekers Youth Conference, 2day FM
Mar. 02, 2016  Spirit Seekers Youth Conference this weekend in GPRC, Q99 FM
Mar. 02, 2016  Spirit Seekers Youth Conference this weekend in GPRC, Big Country 93.1 FM
Sept. 25, 2015  FNMI TV figures offer advice to students, 2day FM
Sept. 23, 2015  Hurteau, Cardinal meeting with Peace Country kids, Big Country 93.1 FM
Sept. 18, 2015  More FNMI role models visiting Peace region schools, 2day FM
Sept. 18, 2015  Lorne Cardinal, Monique Hurteau to tour PWPSD schools, Q99 Live
Sept. 17, 2015  Cardinal, Hurteau to visit PWPSD schools next week, Big Country 93.1 FM
Apr. 06, 2015  Hythe snack program gets funding boost, Daily Herald Tribune
Mar. 09, 2015  Aboriginal youth role models recognized, Daily Herald Tribune
Oct. 30, 2014  Duo shares culture with students, Daily Herald Tribune