We acknowledge that we are in Treaty One territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional land of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We are grateful for the opportunity to live and learn on these traditional lands and are committed to reshaping our relationships with the land and with each other in a spirit of reconciliation.
The Seven Oaks School Division (SOSD) is celebrating the new beginning of a divisional Learning and Service Centre, a unique, multi-use space to share with the SOSD students, staff and parents and the broader community. On 49 acres, we share the Land with:
- Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae' Inun, or Blue Thunderbird Land-Based Teachings Learning Centre:
Coined the "Aki Centre", or "Land Centre", for short, this is our gathering space for students when engaging in learning on the land. It is surrounded by 49 acres of natural and agricultural grounds for community and classroom extensions to land-based learning, sharing a combination of Indigenous and western perspectives around historic and cultural connections to the land, environmental stewardship, sustainable food production, and nutrition. Programming on the land will begin in Spring, 2019. Please view the Site Map and Learning Centre floor plans.
SOSD's Maintenance and Transportation operations, conference rooms and vocational trades classrooms.
- Wawiyia'kiti'gahn (Circle Garden): an outdoor teaching area, this medicine wheel shaped space has engraved benches representing the Seven Sacred Teachings which encircle a fire. The area is enclosed by four garden quadrants and by boulders symbolizing the 13 moons.
- Tipi and Sweat Lodge (Coming Soon)
- Fire pit with stump seating
- Remnant tall grass prairie (60+ species of original Indigenous grasses and flowers)
- Restoration (seeding) of tall grass prairie on 30 acres
- Indigenous Plant Gardens
- Heirloom Vegetable and Herb Garden
- BIOvator, commercial composting vessel for Seven Oaks School Division organic waste
- Three kilometers of walking trails
- Toboggan hill
- Naturalized storm water retention pond (2018-2021)
- Tree Nursery
*This space is open to the community 7 days a week from 7am to 9pm
Ozhaawashkwaa Animiki-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae'Inun is the place for students to gather when learning on the land. It features a mudroom with coat/backpack hooks, modular seating with tables and benches, a fire place, a learning kitchen, and washrooms. There is an open air classroom with picnic tables at the east side of the building. Facility can accommodate 60 people. Bookings must be approved prior to your arrival.