Thank you to Ms. Georgia’s Grade 6 class with their interpretation of the Acknowledgement of the Land.
Just like it’s important to acknowledge all our classmates’ efforts, it’s important that we pause, take a moment and remember that the land our school is built on is Treaty 7 land. This land is the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Nations, which include the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda and Metis Nation (Region 3).
We welcome you all here today and are grateful for this gathering. We would like to remind you that this is Indigenous land first, the original people (Niitsitapi) who always showed love and respect for Na’a. Thank her for what she has given us, for her spirit and her teachings. This land is sacred and it is our responsibility to respect her, honour her, and keep her safe. We need to speak our truth about the damage that was done to our land and our people.
Always remember to show the land kindness because we need Na’a. She gives us food, water, shelter and medicine. Our ancestors are watching us and creator is hoping that we always remember who we are and respect our land and her spirit. What settlers did to the land is bad, we were at the edge of forgetting our traditions but we are still here and we are the future that can make a difference. Please remember to take care of one another and respect one another as well.
As PFS students you should feel proud and never forget who you are. Our land is special and you are special also. Hand to heart in gratitude.
Iikiinayookaa M. Yellow Horn
Principal, Piitoayis Family School