Superintendent’s Update

Posted On Thursday September 29, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

We are in the final days of September and looking forward to Fire Prevention Week (October 3-7), and World Teachers’ Day (October 5). Thank you to parents, students, and staff who shared in reading stories of connecting and developing relationships to help everyone feel welcome, cared for, and to have a sense of belonging in our schools and district buildings.

October: Equity and Courage

Throughout October, I will highlight stories about equity: removing barriers and creating environments that provide accessible and empowering opportunities for all students and staff to thrive. This is one of the four core values in our 2022-2027 District Strategic Plan. To remove barriers takes courage, which is one the Seven Grandfather Teachings: Bear ském? cis represents Courage crelrelállts?e and is known to be the medicine keeper who guides communities with the knowledge held in the medicines. The picture of Mount Peter and Mount Paul inside Bear’s paw represents how Bear holds the knowledge of Mother Earth in his steps and he has the courage to assist those in need by carrying medicines to them.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- Remembering the Children

I am proud of the staff and students who engaged in activities throughout the week (September 26-30) to remember the painful history of residential schools, and those impacted by them. We also honour the 215 children who lost their lives in the Kamloops Indian Residential School who are known as “Le Estcwéy”,  which means ‘the missing’. Read more

Rae Bennett’s Healing Journey- A Story of Courage

Aboriginal Education Worker Rae Bennett shared her life story of losing her mom who was a victim of the tragic history of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Canada. Ms. Bennett explained how her trauma was transformed into inner courage to share her story with others. Sharing her “truth” created a positive focus on inspiring others to develop a deeper understanding and awareness of how this tragic history is part of the truth in Truth and Reconciliation. Ms. Bennett explained how she was devastated by her mother’s end of life, but she used it as a source of digging deep within who she was– “I carried on and I discovered the importance of a self-love journey. I want others to know that the more they can experience joy in doing positive things, the more healing they will find.”  In this way, she unleashed within her listeners a sense of hope from this tragedy. Hope that expands beyond one person to many creates “hope-filled communities” that can “remove barriers” and “create environments that enable all students and staff to thrive (equity). I am grateful for having heard her story and even more honored that she agreed to have her story told in greater detail on our District website- Read more.

Kay Bingham Elementary School- Gift of the Drum

I am grateful to Daniel Lysons, Aboriginal Education Worker at Kay Bingham Elementary School, who gifted me a drum that he made to take part in traditional Secwépemc ceremonies.

He has invited me to sing the Welcome Song when I return to the school, and he encouraged me to join in drumming with small and large groups to feel the “heartbeat” of the Aboriginal community in my hands and in my heart.

Staff and Family Affordability Grant

SD73 was allocated $1,656,248 which can be used to: improve students’ access to nutritional food / meals, before, during and after the school day by increasing nutritional opportunities throughout the day, providing students meal supports, and/or supports to dependent children in their families. To learn more about how to access the funds, Read more.

Enjoy the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, September 30, 2022. Stay well and continue to nurture positive connections and relationships with family and friends.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD


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