Feast and Round Dance

Treaty 4 Gathering in Fort Qu’Appelle

On September 15th, the anniversary of the signing of Treaty 4, four classes from Palliser Heights School made the journey to Fort Qu’Appelle to take part in the annual Treaty 4 gathering.

There were lots of fun activities to do.

We loved seeing all the tipis!

We got to witness the treaty annuity payments being made to registered band members. The RCMP officer told us that she had shaken over 3000 hands already that day!

As long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the river flows, we are all treaty people!
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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.