On Tuesday, September 20, junior school staff were invited to the Learning Commons to explore the many Indigenous books and teaching resources we have in the Library. We asked those attending to answer the question “Allyship: What Does It Mean to You?" and to explore the key themes of reciprocal relations, vocal support, centering Indigenous voices, unlearning, and building authentic voices.
With bannock and berry jam made by Chef Stacey, we perused the extensive selection of books and had important discussions as educators on what resources we have used in our classrooms, sharing both successes and challenges.
We extend a special thank-you to Ms. Brittney Townrow, Junior School Indigenous Education Coordinator, for helping to make this session possible and for empowering us to truly “Go forward with courage"* as we strive to align our teaching practices in Indigenous ways of knowing and learning.
*Brad Baker, Associate Superintendent of Indigenous Education, Ministry of Education
Since 1996, West Point Grey Academy has gratefully resided on the Jericho Lands, the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Honoured to learn and play on these beautiful lands, we endeavour to be a leader in Indigenous education. In creating shared understanding and opportunities, we hope to help foster a more equitable society for all.