National Aboriginal Day in Crescent Park

Our class attended the National Aboriginal Day ceremony and celebration in Crescent Park today.
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There were many powerful speakers.
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We also got to learn about Métis jigging and to give it a try on stage!

We got to listen to many amazing singers.
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We got to see Pow Wow dancers in their regalia.

We ended the morning with a balloon release in memory of the students who attended Indian Residential Schools.
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Heart Garden Opening Ceremonies

On Friday June 3, Palliser Heights hosted the official opening ceremonies for our Heart Garden. We had an assembly with all 600 of our students, classes from William Grayson, residential school survivors, members of the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association and local dignitaries. One grade 6 student presented the history of residential schools.

We then showed a video explaining the creation of our garden.

After the assembly, we all followed the pathway of hearts to the garden accompanied by the Empire School’s drum group.


Then Kayleigh dedicated a dance to the garden.


The Moose Jaw Times Herald covered the event.

On June 7th, MLA Warren Michelson congratulated Palliser Heights on the opening of the Heart Garden in the Saskatchewan Legislature.

The Story of Treaty 4

Students have been hard at work creating movies on our classroom iPads to show what they have learned about the signing of Treaty 4. This project covers a wide range of learning outcomes:
Treaty Education: Explore the benefits that each of the parties to treaty enjoy. (HC3)
Speaking-ELA: Create multimedia texts that include a main idea, beginning, middle and end, and appropriate use of language. (CC3.1c)
Representing-ELA: Demonstrate understanding of the topic in a variety of ways. (CC3.2a)
Drama: Use language purposefully when speaking in role. (CP3.3d)
Digital Citizenship: Use social media tools (YouTube) for communication purposes. (Education: Gr. 3-5: Do)

This project also addresses the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #10
vii: Respecting and Honouring Treaty Relationships.

Heart Garden Update

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We are extremely grateful to Tollifson Cable Services who installed a 120′ water supply line and irrigation system for us. Wow! What an incredible gift for the garden!

Our Fantastic Fieldtrip to Regina

On April 12th we went to Regina on a fieldtrip.

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We went to see the orchestra first. It was at the Conexus Art Centre. The Centre is humongous. We sang with the orchestra.There were lots of people there. There were 1500 students that came. It was sold out! We wondered “Are Symphony concerts always sold out?” Some kids played the recorders. We saw Marie-Noelle and Mrs. Tenford there. They played in the orchestra. We also saw a famous singer there, named Sophie Bouchard.

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Then we went to the park outside of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and had lunch.

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After lunch, we went into the museum and split into groups. We learned about what First Nations used for weapons a long time ago.
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We saw the Treaty 4 medals.

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We also got to see Mega Munch!

Our fieldtrip was super duper fun. It was an extraordinary adventure! Unforgettable!