The Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Support Team provides staff and students with an understanding and appreciation of the richness of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, interwoven with the Catholic faith. This helps to foster a sense of belonging and engage staff and students in learning through relationships and cooperative support.
One of our main goals is cultural education, in which we share a variety of information and resources pertaining to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures. The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Support Team works with Administrators and teachers, as well as community elders and stakeholders, to ensure that the presentations contain quality content that is tied to the curriculum at each grade level. The lessons are also tied to our Catholic faith, specifically the eight characteristics of Catholic Identity: spirituality, tradition, humanness, community, hospitality, justice, rationality, and sacramentality.
The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Support Team has worked in collaboration with our Division Chaplain, our Faith Permeation Lead Teacher, the Office of Indigenous Relations at the Catholic Archdiocese in Edmonton, and other community members to share the practice of smudging as a traditional form of prayer in First Nations cultures.
For more information, please review letter on smudging in our schools.