Leading up to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, students took part in Bringing Back the Buffalo Programming. These programs were hosted by Lorne Kequahtooway and Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway, the leaders behind the Buffalo Peoples Art Institute and local Indigenous Designer/Artist, Tracey George Heese. Students engaged in various workshops including buffalo hide scraping, hand drum and sweetgrass teachings, beading, bannock making and the Reading Program featured books from Indigenous authors and role models.
Mother Teresa Middle School (MTMS) encourages the understanding that we are all Treaty people and that we need to nurture a relationship of mutual care and support. Indigenous traditions, spiritual practices and teachings are infused into the overall curriculum and woven throughout school practices. We encourage you to take a few moments to watch this powerful video featuring MTMS’s Buffalo Boys and First Nation Dancers, along with Evan Whitestar, Indigenous Advocate/Oskâpêos. Evan helps us better understand the legacy of residential schools, recognize the intergenerational harm and how we, as Canadians, can contribute to changing this narrative moving forward.