by Mrs. Jamie Erbacher, Teacher Librarian

This past Monday, we had the privilege of having Clayton Gauthier, local Indigenous author and artist, come and visit our library. Our library classes in Grades K-7 had the chance to spend time with him. Clayton shared his art, shared his new book, and shared his heart with oral storytelling.

Clayton connected our Cedars eagle logo with the eagle in creation. If you know anything about Indigenous ways, you understand that the land and animals are important to the First Peoples of Canada. Clayton explained that the eagle represents new beginnings. This reminded me of who we are in Christ. We have new beginnings, we have become a new creation in Christ.

As Christians, we understand that Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, reconciling us to God. Just as we are reconciled to God, we are also commissioned to work towards reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous people. On Monday, the students and staff spent the day doing just that. It was a beautiful and humbling experience for us all.

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

So where does this leave us? With small steps, humbly moving forward, acknowledging, reading and learning what we can about the people who have lived here since time immemorial. By opening our doors and inviting Indigenous guests to share their ways of knowing with our students. It is using the opportunities we have as a school to learn more about Canada’s First Peoples. With time and patience, we are moving one step closer in reconciliation and showing our students that they are built for a purpose, they are built for reconciliation.