land and water
In reflection of the last 50 years and to prepare for the next 50 to come, the ICS Board developed and approved the ICS Land and Water Acknowledgment statement, recognizing our connection to the land, water, our ancestors and the other caregivers who came before us. As a living memorial, this statement respects our students and our Native community by recognizing where we came from, affirming who we are today and our hopes for future generations. In addition, our new Land and Water Acknowledgment allows us to further an understanding with others outside of our culture, who wish to learn about the true history of our people.
For us, our home extends beyond the stone and mortar that make up the physical structure of our school. With that in mind, our school was designed to “bring the outside in,” making the two environments optimal for student learning. Our outdoor classrooms complement those indoors, as we strive to include land-based education, connections to Mother Earth and to our water, fresh air and exercise for our students.
You’ll hear our Land and Water Acknowledgment read aloud at ICS gatherings, celebrations and school programming. You will also see it used in many of our printed materials, posted on our website and shared through our social media.