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National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

June 21, 2019

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On June 20, 2019, Horizon School Division held our third annual Reconciliation Flag Raising Ceremony with representatives from our partner First Nations, in commemoration of National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Horizon’s Board and central office staff were honoured to host many guests and partners, including Chief Byron Bitternose of George Gordon First Nation, Glen MacCullum, President of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, and the Dancing Horse Dance Troupe from Kawacatoose First Nation. Elder Stuart Bitternose of George Gordon opened the ceremony with a prayer, following a smudge conducted by Harold Littletent and Melanie Gray.

Along with Chief Bitternose and President MacCallum, other speakers included Albert Pinacie (former Chief of Muskowekwan First Nation and Trustee for Horizon’s Subdivision 13), Sheryl Kayseas (Council Member with Fishing Lake First Nation and Trustee for Subdivision 14), and David Crow Buffalo (Council Member with Day Star First Nation).

Subdivision 11 Trustee, Nathan Bitternose, brought greetings on behalf of the Horizon Board of Education. Director of Education, Kevin Garinger, brought greetings on behalf of his office. Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw, served as emcee for the event.

The morning closed with a victory song and round dance, followed by performances from the Dancing Horse Dance Troupe. Harold Littletent, who leads the troupe, shared insight and information on each unique dance style in the performance.

This ceremony is an important celebration of Horizon's partnerships, collaborating for a brighter future for the next generation of students. It is a critical acknowledgement of the wrongs in our country's history, and an important, symbolic step forward towards reconciliation. It is our privilege and responsibility to engage in this work of relationship-building, healing, and understanding with First Nation partners across Horizon School Division.

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