b'Photo by @ArenAmorrisOctober is Mikmaq History MonthHow are HRCE schools engaging in meaningful discussion about Mikmaw culture every day of the year?Honouring-andlearningabout-Also in 2018, HRCE hired our first RegionalToday, much of the learning is sparking NovaScotiasrichMikmawcultureCoordinator of Mikmaw Education andimportant conversations about Canadian isbecomingmoreprominentonServices, whose role includes supportinghistoryandwhatourindividualroles adailybasisinHRCEschools.Treaty Education and reconciliation in ourareintheprocessofreconciliation. schools. In this video, meet Wyatt White.Encouragingthisimportantdialogue Eachday,allschoolsbeginwiththisreinforces HRCEs commitment to social Mikmaq Land Acknowledgement. ThisHRCEiscommittedtoprovidingjustice, equity and inclusion.daily act of reconciliation began in 2017.opportunitiestolearnabout reconciliation through education. ThereRecently, Wyatt White visited with Grade HRCEcurrentlyemploys10Mikmaw/ isastrongdesireamongeducatorsto6 students at Park West School. After AboriginalStudentSupportWorkersdeepentheirunderstandingaroundwatchingthevideo,WeareallTreaty (MASSW).TheyadvocatefortheMikmaw culture and, as a result, existingPeople,studentssharedtheirthoughts needs of students and support studentresourcesareinhighdemand.Treatyabout what they learned in this video.learningthatfocusesonclosingtheEducation partners are working diligently gapsinachievementexperiencedto develop additional resources. byMikmawandotherIndigenous students. MASSWs also make invaluableInthemeantime, contributionstoschoolcommunitieswelcomingeldersand byleadingculturalactivitiesfromknowledgekeepers whichthewholeschoolbenefits.intoschoolsisanother way to shareMikmaw In2018,HRCEhiredourfirst-everhistory,cultureand RegionalFineArtsSpecialistwithanperspectives.These Indigenous Focus.The purpose is tobringarepositivestepsin cultural experiences to students throughoursystemslearning fine arts. Meet Brittany Pennell in thisjourney. video.Why?We are all Treaty People.REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT | OCTOBER 2019 3'