Goota Desmarais spoke to Wolf Creek Public Schools' First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Cohort members on April 26. Each member represents a school in WCPS and their role is to support their colleagues and admin by sharing their learning with staff members during PD days. Desmarais was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Her early childhood was spent in a modern Inuit settlement during the winters and in a traditional camp during the summers. Goota is now an urban Inuk, living in Sherwood Park for the past 30 years, yet she stays connected to her Inuit culture through frequent visits to her home community. She shared with WCPS staff her experiences, her culture and the way of life for Inuit living in remote parts of Canada.
During WCPS' division office staff meeting on May 1, staff were thrilled to have elders Sheila Potts and Effie Janvier join them. Potts and Janvier were joined by Josephine Small, WCPS First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Learning Supports Coach and Shelagh Hagemann, WCPS First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Success Coordinator, leading a conversation on spirituality, culture and community in Maskwacis.