In 2022, our Grade 6 students were charged with a very important task: to craft a meaningful, living land acknowledgment for all of Gray Academy. Barbara Nepinak, a respected Anishinaabe Elder, visited Grade 6 at school to support them in their learning and guide them in their writing.

The following acknowledgment, created by our students and read daily at school, demonstrates respect for those whose land we inhabit, as well as our Jewish values of gratitude, kindness and ongoing learning:

Gray Academy is located on Treaty 1 Territory, the original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the M├ętis Nation. We recognize that our water originates in Shoal Lake 40 First Nation territory.
As a Jewish Day School, we are grateful that we get to use this space to teach many children their Jewish culture and religion and to make lifelong memories through important connections, new activities and education. We promise to use this land kindly and that our students and staff will respect this land.