Staff and students at Alexander Forbes School were excited to host several dignitaries for a cultural drumming lesson. Joining school and Division staff in the school's Indigenous classroom were the Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing, Tracy Allard, Grande Prairie MLA, John Lehners, GPPSD Board Chair, Joan Nellis, Board Vice-Chair,.
The class was led by Elder Darlene Cardinal, originally from the Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty Eight Territory. Elder Darlene is an important part of many Grande Prairie Public School Division schools, and for the past four years has supported the instruction of Aboriginal culture at Alexander Forbes, where she has been given the opportunity to create an Indigenous classroom that has many of her own personal family artifacts within it to support staff and student learning.
Elder Cardinal noted, "I am moved and so honoured to have the privilege of teaching my culture to the official dignitaries and grade four students. I am also honoured to know that Minister Pon was enlighted with the Aboriginal Culture and interested to learn more. I am also thankful to the children for participating and learning the culture with open-minds."
“Elder Darlene Cardinal is held in high regard at Alexander Forbes School. She is a leader, teacher, role model and mentors for us. The impact she has made on students and staff is immeasurable!” said, Terry Gorgichuk, Alexander Forbes School Principal.