John Knox Christian School recognizes that we are on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Halkomelem) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) speaking peoples and are grateful to be on this territory.
As a community, we are committed to working with Indigenous peoples to find new ways to build and improve relationships between non-Indigenous Canadians and Indigenous communities. We are committed to making age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples' historical and contemporary contributions to Canada, a requirement for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students.
In past years, we have taken the following steps:
- Invited Francis Carlick, a second generation Residential School survivor, to share her story with our students for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- Have volunteer opportunities for our secondary students to work with the Squamish Nation in downtown Vancouver
- Display a piece of art about truth and reconciliation, created by one of our teachers, at the front of our elementary campus
- Include a land acknowledgement at meetings and chapels