Estevan Comprehensive School celebrates reconciliation garden

March 11, 2020

The Estevan Comprehensive School celebrated the grand reveal of its reconciliation garden, named Ahopa Intchagink’ta – respect growing in the Nakota language – earlier this month. The permanent garden area features murals, displays, plants native to this area, and other tributes designed to promote reconciliation. QR codes located around the garden allow people to watch associated videos and photos, read about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and learn about the history of Canada’s residential schools. The grand reveal celebration saw members of the Ocean Man First Nation playing drums, singing, and performing dances, as well as a smudging ceremony conducted by Elder Peter Bigstone. “We have a First Nations, Indigenous and Métis consultant with the school division, and basically we worked together,” said Teacher Josh LeBlanc. “So Peter came in, talked to the kids, shared his story, shared his knowledge with the kids and from that knowledge we developed the project.” Estevan Mercury (SK)