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.
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
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.
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.