RECIPIENTS OF GRANTS IN SUPPORT
OF SOCIAL JUSTICE LEARNING
Strathcona Founding Cultures Strathcona High School, Edmonton
This program will create a welcoming space for cultural exchanges for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. It will utilize both traditional and contemporary knowledge to develop students’ capacity for leadership skills through leading sharing circles, group facilitation, and event planning. The Founding Cultures program aims to provide a physical space with culturally relevant aids, mentors, food and supplies that can enhance students’ learning growth and achievement.
Kitscoty Elementary Reconciliation Mural Kitscoty Elementary School, Kitscoty
Métis artist, Leah Dorion, will spend a week as an artist-in-residence at Kitscoty Elementary School, painting a mural with the theme of reconciliation and walking both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike through a variety of activities to build empathy and compassion for Indigenous peoples with a focus on reconciliation. This project is critical in the rural Albertan context and will feature an open house to unveil the mural to the public.
Delia School Gay Straight Alliance Delia School, Delia
The GSA at Delia, the first and only GSA in their school division, seeks to educate staff and students about LGBTQ+ topics to reduce intolerance and ignorance, as well as creating a safe and caring space for students to express themselves without fear of being judged or bullied. The GSA will host activities for members to support cohesiveness and safety, as well as undertake school-wide initiatives to spread the objective of the GSA.
Building Community Didsbury Career High School, Didsbury
This community-building undertaking will provide students at multiple intersections of marginalization an opportunity to be engaged citizens through partnerships with community organizations. There will be a wide variety of undertakings from forming a GSA, to volunteering at senior housing, to strengthening cultural knowledge for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. These partnerships will work to change students’ perceived relationships to the wider community, and prove to the students themselves their value and dignity.
Hearts and Hands Club Mary Hanley Catholic School, Edmonton
This club is dedicated to student-led initiatives to use their hearts and hands to serve others. For example, the students will be using looms to knit scarves and hats for people in need and will be making sandwiches and lunches for the hungry using vegetables planted and harvested from the school’s Tower Garden.
Cultural Exchange Caroline School, Caroline
This program will be a cultural exchange between a small number of students from the Caroline School and the Sunchild School on the Sunchild Reserve so that students become bold advocates within their communities and develop strong bonds that extend past the classroom. The Sunchild Reserve will provide activities such as drumming and a traditional sweat lodge, and the Caroline School will have students spend a day working on experiential learning activities so that students work together to solve problems.
Our Water, Our Future Westmount School, Okotoks
This collaborative project between Westmount and Chief Jacob Bearspaw School on the Eden Valley Reserve will study the impacts of logging on the Highwood River. This project aims to engage students in activism for environmental sustainability while also working collaboratively in the spirit of Reconciliation because we are all Treaty people and have a collective responsibility to the land, the water, and each other.
Social Justice and Street Art Next Step High School, Sherwood Park
Students will work with the local Edmonton artist thinkITEM to create and document a street art project that raises awareness of a student-chosen social justice issue and showcase it to the community. thinkITEM will lead in-school seminars, then students will work collaboratively to develop their own street art in partnership with local businesses or organizations.
SOS: Sustaining our Seniors Wainwright Elementary School, Wainwright
Students will build intergenerational friendships with local seniors through face-to-face visits to brighten seniors’ days. These visits will build the students’ empathy, social skills, and literacy skills through reading during visits and writing cards and letters.
Chinook Gay Straight Alliance Documentary Project Chinook High School, Lethbridge
The Chinook GSA would like to film, produce and premiere a documentary which examines the struggles, triumphs and daily lives of LGBTQ+ youth in the unique context of Southern Alberta. The project will develop the students’ interview and curatorial skills and connect students in rural Alberta together by hosting screenings in several communities.
West 6 Reconciliation Project Prince Charles School, Sherwood School,
Belmead School, Brightview School, Edmonton
This project will deepen students’ understanding of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission through workshops with respected Indigenous Elders and facilitators from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. The students at these schools — 46% of whom are First Nation, Metis, or Inuit — will then share their perspective on how reconciliation should take place, and create a project to inform the public about reconciliation.
Saints Social Justice Team’s Water Conference St. Joseph Catholic High School, Edmonton
The Saints Social Justice Team is a group of students whose mission is to educate and empower people to make substantial and sustainable change both locally and globally. The Aspen Foundation will support one of their initiatives, a Water Conference. Students will learn about water issues locally in Canada by learning about the importance of protecting and providing drinking water in rural and First Nations Communities, and globally by fundraising to provide clean water filters in India and post-hurricane Puerto Rico.
Making All Cultures Visible St. Theresa Middle School, Sherwood Park
This project is for the creation of a multicultural space in the school, where students can learn about other cultures and embrace their own. The Aspen Foundation will provide funds to acquire multilingual sineage, symbols and foods.