Sexsmith Secondary School has opened a new space in the school library dedicated to showcasing Indigenous culture. The space shares ceremonial items from the Seven Sacred Teachings and works from not just Alberta artists, but artists from around the country. In a press release, the Peace Wapiti Public School Division says, “the goal of the space is to bring more Indigenous culture into the school.”
Along with the items and artwork the school board plans periodically posters with information about what the items represent. The items and artwork will also be updated monthly, based on different holidays and celebrations.
The project was put together by Sexsmith Secondary School teachers Angela Creighton and Eric Goodwin after attending a leadership program where the school division’s Indigenous Education Services team spoke. The school division credits the project with helping the school move forward in its journey towards reconciliation.