One of the most important parts of programming at the Museum is building relationships, this act of friendship creates opportunities that might not always be available to people in their usual work roles but it is a really important part of what we do.
Sturgeon School Division is one of those relationships that has grown into a long term friendship with many reciprocal opportunities to teach, learn and benefit from the relationship that we have built together.
Recently the museum Program Manager was invited to experience the Sturgeon Division’s Outdoor Classroom, just out past Bon Accord. In this outdoor space, where the land and the Tipi become the classroom, children from K to 12 will be exposed to Outdoor Survival, Sports, Sciences, History, Construction and Language Arts.
Mark Lockwood, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has been amazing to work with and is never afraid to try something new. He took the lead within his school division to find ways to implement learning based on the calls to action presented as part of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
This past month, at the outdoor classroom location, we presented Mark with a Metis Sash to thank him for all he has done in the Sturgeon School Division and for including the museum along the way. It has been an honour to be part of the journey.
The walking trails at the outdoor site are actually a Red River Cart trail and an alternate route for the Athabasca Landing Trail.