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The Winnipeg School Division is touting its own indigenous education programs while congratulating the work of Truth and Reconciliation Committee of Canada (TRC) on residential schools..

"The work of school divisions like WSD is to provide leadership in education, one that fully depicts the history of our country," said trustee Sherri Rollins, chair of the WSD Advisory Council on Indigenous Education, in a news release.

Rollins is the only indigenous school trustee in the city.

"The Winnipeg School Division has demonstrated a long standing commitment to aboriginal education, and anticipating the recommendations of the TRC further resolved this year to review and strengthen our aboriginal education policy responding to the call of the TRC to foster an educational environment for all children that supports reconciliation," Rollins said.

Aboriginal education initiatives are woven throughout nursery to Grade 12 curricula across all WSD schools, she said. These include aboriginal literature and author studies, elders in the classroom, arts programs that include aboriginal music, visual arts and dance and traditional Aboriginal structures and perspectives of sustainable development in science.

"Through the work of the TRC, Canadians have a better understanding of our country’s indigenous peoples and the supports needed in our education system to create a better future for all of us," said board chair Mark Wasyliw. He said the addition of a full-time aboriginal Elder in the most recent WSD budget is just one of many supports needed in the community.

"WSD employs Community Support Workers for aboriginal students and families," said Wasyliw. "They are liaisons, strengthening each school’s connection with both the home and the community. They facilitate workshops for parents, maintain community rooms in schools and promote programs and activities that encourage and support these relationships."

The WSD Advisory Council on Indigenous Education will include members of the community and meets for the first time in the fall of 2015.