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News Release: FMPSD ​Launches Elders’ Council

News Release: FMPSD ​Launches Elders’ Council

The June Meeting was Held at Heritage ParkThe June Meeting was Held at Heritage Park

(Fort McMurray, AB, June 21, 2021) When Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) promises to commit to do better on Truth and Reconciliation, and championing Indigenous Education, we follow-up with action. As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day today, we are pleased to announce the launch of an Elders’ Council - which consists of five local elders, who will advise the Division on Indigenous matters, and upcoming events. 

Elders from the surrounding area: Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort McMurray First Nation 468, and Métis Local 1935 sit on the Council, which has met twice since April; most recently on June 18, 2021.

Julia McDougall, Indigenous Student Services Cultural Teacher at FMPSD explains more about launching the Council. 

“FMPSD believes that an elders' voice and wisdom is crucial in many decision-making matters. They will help oversee our planning for the coming year and advise us on Indigenous matters. I am looking forward to working with the Elders. With their help, staff and students will gain so much knowledge and work towards reconciliation.”

Annalee Nutter, Associate Superintendent, FMPSD, oversees Indigenous Education. She is ecstatic about the Council.

“This group was a year in the making. COVID slowed down our plans. But, we were determined to get this going. Thanks to our Elders, and Julia, this has been an amazing experience. We are eager to learn from their wisdom, and insights, and share it with schools.”

Jennifer Turner, Superintendent, FMPSD agrees. 

“This is a huge step towards our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. Indigenous education has always been our priority; the Elders will help us implement this priority into new and improved initiatives for our students, staff and their families across the Division. We are grateful for the gift of time, stories, and experiences shared by our Elders’ Council and look forward to the future.”

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager          

Fort McMurray Public School Division