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:
A 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.
The land currently features:
- Three kilometers of granular walking trails
- Toboggan hill
- Naturalized storm water retention pond (2018-2021)
- 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.
- Tree Nursery
- Remnant tall grass prairie
This space is open to the community 7 days a week from 7am to 9pm
Going forward, we will continue working together in land stewardship and facilitation of land-based teachings. Our next steps are guided by:
Establishing shared gardens that engage students in exploring historic and cultural connections to land (Land, Language, Culture) by growing food together
Promoting and supporting healthy eating
Land and water stewardship actions stemming from the restoration of 30 acres to tall grass prairie grasses and forbs (2018-2021), care of a remnant prairie and naturalization of the stormwater retention pond (2018-2021)
Re-establishing the Wawiyia'kiti'gahn teaching gardens and ceremonial spaces