Episode #10: Truth and Reconciliation at the Irma School

Episode #10: Truth and Reconciliation at the Irma School


About this episode

0:01 - Host Robert Bailey interviews Calliegh, Kinsley and Faith from the Irma School to discuss their project and final year of high school.

2:14 - Indigenous culture and reconciliation in a small town. Small town of 600 people, sports-oriented and volunteer-run, with a new school built in 2018.

3:42 - We focused on indigenous learning, met Elder Clifford, and made connections with real-life experiences, leading to fulfilling hands-on activities. Students were enthusiastic, took initiative, and ran with it, learning through field trips, drum-making, and rattle-making, and forming strong bonds.

5:21 - Building relationships with indigenous elders and cultural education.

6:38 - Miss Thompson, our teacher, took us to see a mosaic at Rogers Place that symbolized indigenous culture, sparking our curiosity and creativity.

8:30 - We built a relationship with our community elder, learning about aboriginal culture through drum-making and other activities, feeling comfortable and engaged under Miss Thompson's guidance.

9:00 - Clifford's informal and kind personality helped the group bond and feel comfortable asking questions.

10:15 - The group presented to top educators in Alberta on how to incorporate indigenous knowledge in the classroom.

11:55 - Bringing in indigenous teachers to share their knowledge and experiences, as non-indigenous teachers may not have the background or right to teach indigenous culture.

The importance of respecting indigenous people's boundaries and reasons for not wanting to discuss their culture, and being open to understanding their perspectives.

Indigenous learning and cultural connection.

15:00 - "Knowledge is power"

15:25 - Small rural school students can have a voice and make a difference.

16:00 - The impact of the project on their class. It brought them closer together and helped them build connections with minority groups.

17:30 - The biggest takeaway from the project is the importance of asking questions, as it can lead to meaningful conversations and connections with others.

18:00 - Indigenous education and legacy building.

19:00 - The importance of curiosity and learning, and their journey of discovery and growth.

20:00 - Miss Thompson helped them learn and find others to lead the way, highlighting the value of collaboration and mutual growth.

21:15 - "We're passing the torch down to the next generation, building a legacy and tradition within our school and community."

26:00 - "We made indigenous studies fun by tying it into trips and activities, holding us accountable to keep learning and enjoying the experience."