Land and People Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with respect the history and culture of the peoples with whom Treaty 6 was signed and the land upon which Elk Island Public Schools reside. We also acknowledge the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation.

We recognize our responsibility as Treaty members and honor the heritage and gifts of the First Peoples.

We commit to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation. Click here to learn more.

Character Education and the Seven Teachings at Mills Haven

This year our school will be focusing on Character Education through an Indigenous lens. Our students will be using the Seven Teachings to practice important traits such as Respect, Courage, Wisdom, Humility, Honesty, Love and Truth. These teachings are of great importance and are taught in many different Indigenous cultures, and we can find ways to practice these traits in all aspects of our lives.


September and October Character Trait: Respect

Give it, earn it, receive it.

In the Seven Teachings, we can learn about Respect from the Buffalo.

Why the Buffalo?

  • The Buffalo, through giving its life and sharing every part of its body, showed the deep respect it had for the people.
  • No animal was more important to the existence of certain groups of Indigenous people than the Buffalo.
  • Through this special relationship the true virtue of Respect was understood.

How can you practice respect at home, school, and in your community? Look for ways and report back to your teacher so we can continue to make Mills Haven A Great Place to Be!



*Thank you to Mrs. Richard at Westboro school for her help with this project.



Orange Shirt Day

On September 28, Mills Haven will be acknowledging Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day acknowledges the children that were taken from their families and forced to go to residential schools. At these schools, the students were often not able to practice their culture, did not always have their basic needs met, and were many times unable to see their families or loved ones. We acknowledge the suffering that has occurred and still occurs due to the residential school system. On September 28, we will wear orange shirts to show our recognition of this, and show that at Mills Haven every child matters.

For more information about Orange Shirt Day, please visit the below link: