Oak Park High School unveils outdoor Indigenous classroom

Oak Park High School in Winnipeg has celebrated the recent unveiling of an outdoor Indigenous classroom. The classroom is designed to be a place for ceremony, authentic teaching, and work toward reconciliation, and is a response to student calls for more engagement with Indigenous practices, traditions, and teachings. It includes a Bison rubbing stone at the centre and an oxcart wheel to honour the Métis people. The classroom’s creation was sparked by ideas shared by Jodi Fourre, who was a Grade 10 student at the time and has since graduated. “I showed them [my ideas] without knowing what would come of them … and now I’m a graduate and I’m sitting here on an idea I made when I was in Grade 10. It’s very inspiring,” said Fourre.

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