Acknowledging our schools' ancestral lands

Acknowledging Haudenosaunee land our schools are built on
Posted on 11/30/2020

As Indigenous People's month draws to a close, the West Irondequoit CSD is proud to share with our community a Land Acknowledgement that was approved by the Board of Education on Nov. 19, 2020. It states:

West Irondequoit Central School District acknowledges the Indigenous People of this region and that this school (or district building) sits on the ancestral homelands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. It is on these ancestral and treaty lands that we teach, learn and live.

The WICSD continues to develop its cultural competency through the leadership of Ms. Kimberly Cristal, our K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor with student leaders, Ethan Riester and Tyra Oglesby. We will recognize year-long opportunities to celebrate and foster understanding through Cultural Heritage Months. Throughout the year, student coalitions will:

  • Create space regularly for members of groups such as Student Council, Mosaics Club, Amnesty International and more, to share their perspective.
  • Find opportunities for students to authentically experience elements of cultures outside their own.
  • Bring awareness to acknowledge the diverse cultures at Irondequoit High School and throughout our district.

Planning and implementation began with Latinx and LGBTQ+ awareness in October. The coalitions will be planning activities to celebrate Black History Month in February and to plan additional cultural heritage celebrations throughout the remainder of the year. READ MORE on our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion page.