Many of our schools are fortunate to have a Talking Circle program, led by our liaison Pam Peristy.
The Talking Circle is part of our programming, from kindergarten to grade 12 and is held within the classroom, for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to learn and benefit from.
The symbolism of the circle, with no beginning and with nobody in a position of prominence, serves to encourage people to speak freely and honestly about things that are on their minds. Talking Circles create a safe space where all learners have a voice, and feel honoured, respected, and valued.
The Talking Circle is used to build community, foster respect, develop public speaking skills, develop listening skills, and extend understanding. It is also used to integrate Indigenous perspectives into the school culture.