​School Culture & Environment at the CBE

Our students, staff and school community share the responsibility of building a safe, positive, inclusive, equitable and welcoming learning environment. Along with their own school culture, each school reflects a unified CBE culture of inclusion. This includes our CBE-wide approach to preventing bullying and to protecting our LGBTQ students. Learn more about our system-wide commitment to having an inclusive environment on the CBE website. If you have any questions about how we work together within our school to build positive learning environments for student success, please contact us directly.​

Smudge

Smudging is an important and meaningful practice in our culture that promotes calm, positive energy; clear, thoughtful learning; and the development of caring relationships. As an honoured tradition amongst many Indigenous peoples, we Smudge at the beginning and end of the week, along with other various times, by burning a small piece of Sage that our students gather in the fall season. Members of each classroom sit in a circle on the floor and pass the Sage around to each individual and time to pray and reflect is offered.  The Smudge is followed by a talking circle. Classroom teachers, guided by Elder Teachings are expected to offer Smudge Teachings in their classrooms throughout the school year and when new students/staff arrive.

Celebrations of Learning

Three times during the school year, the Niitsitapi Learning Centre hosts assemblies that parents are invited to attend. Please check our school calendar for the assembly date and ensure to check in at the office if you are able to join us. 

In addition to our celebrations, we will also host a Meet the Staff event in September, a Winter Solstice/Christmas Celebration in December, an Honour Tea in May, a year-end Sports Day and a Year End Transition Celebration in June.

Open Elder Time

We offer our students and parents/caregivers the opportunity to meet with our Elders.  Our Elders can provide ceremony, guidance, Indigenous protocols and cultural knowledge sharing to our students and parents/caregivers.  Each Elder will come to the Niitsitapi Learning Centre once per month for three hours for this purpose.  Their schedule will be listed in our Week at a Glance.  Contact our office if you would like to make an appointment.  If you would like your child to meet with one of our Elders, authorization forms will need to be completed in advance of your child’s first Elder visit.  No forms are required for parent/Elder visits.

Culture & Environment

Smudge

Smudging is an important and meaningful practice in our culture that promotes calm, positive energy; clear, thoughtful learning; and the development of caring relationships. As an honoured tradition amongst many Indigenous peoples, we Smudge at the beginning and end of the week, along with other various times, by burning a small piece of Sage that our students gather in the fall season. Members of each classroom sit in a circle on the floor and pass the Sage around to each individual and time to pray and reflect is offered.  The Smudge is followed by a talking circle. Classroom teachers, guided by Elder Teachings are expected to offer Smudge Teachings in their classrooms throughout the school year and when new students/staff arrive.

Celebrations of Learning

Three times during the school year, the Niitsitapi Learning Centre hosts assemblies that parents are invited to attend. Please check our school calendar for the assembly date and ensure to check in at the office if you are able to join us. 

In addition to our celebrations, we will also host a Meet the Staff event in September, a Winter Solstice/Christmas Celebration in December, an Honour Tea in May, a year-end Sports Day and a Year End Transition Celebration in June.

Open Elder Time

We offer our students and parents/caregivers the opportunity to meet with our Elders.  Our Elders can provide ceremony, guidance, Indigenous protocols and cultural knowledge sharing to our students and parents/caregivers.  Each Elder will come to the Niitsitapi Learning Centre once per month for three hours for this purpose.  Their schedule will be listed in our Week at a Glance.  Contact our office if you would like to make an appointment.  If you would like your child to meet with one of our Elders, authorization forms will need to be completed in advance of your child’s first Elder visit.  No forms are required for parent/Elder visits.

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