Toronto District School Board

November is Indigenous Education Month

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB

In November, we celebrate Indigenous Education Month at the TDSB. This month provides an opportunity to centre Indigenous perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curricula. In classrooms across the city, we focus on treaties, the legacy of residential schools, as well as the achievements and accomplishments of Indigenous peoples’ in Canada.

Over the course of this month, students, staff and community members will be recognizing a number of important days to deepen knowledge and learn together about our shared history and build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.


Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario – November 6-10

Treaties Recognition Week is the first week of November every year. Treaties Recognition Week was introduced in 2016 to honour the importance of treaties and to support Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships.

During Treaties Recognition Week we recognize the treaties that shape Ontario and Canada to bring awareness to treaty rights and treaty relationships.

To mark the inaugural Treaties Recognition Week last year, the Ontario Government and Indigenous partners launched a dedicated online treaties resource library - - featuring educational guides, videos and tools developed by Indigenous organizations for teachers and students across the province. The Aboriginal Education Centre provides resources, presentations and speakers to schools throughout the TDSB.


Inuit Day – November 7

Today is also an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the important relationship and history we share with the Inuit of Canada as we move forward in our journey of reconciliation and a renewed relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Community Drum Social & Potluck Style Feast – November 8

The Aboriginal Education Centre is hosting a Community Drum Social & Potluck Style Feast.

When: Wednesday November 8, 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: 16 Phin Avenue

We hope you will join us!


Remembering Aboriginal Veterans – November 8 & November 11

November 8 is a day specifically dedicated to remembering Indigenous veterans and their contributions to war efforts on behalf of Canada. On November 11, we will be honouring Indigenous veterans as part of Remembrance Day ceremonies. Indigenous peoples have a long history of defending both here at home and also abroad. Learn more.


Louis Riel Day – November 16

On November 16, Louis Riel Day is held to honour the sacrifices and the work of Métis leader Louis Riel and to recognize the many contributions of the Métis to Canada and to highlight the continuing struggles that Métis continue to encounter. Learn more.


Inuit Conference – November 30

The Aboriginal Education Centre, in partnership with the Toronto Inuit Association and the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre is pleased to announce “Seeing the Light,” a full-day conference on Inuit culture and contemporary urban issues. This conference is for teachers and Professional Support Services staff (e.g., social workers, child and youth counsellors) on Thursday, November 30th. Sixty teachers and sixty Professional Support Services staff are invited to register on a first-come-first-serve basis. Supply coverage is provided to TDSB teachers and there are no costs to participate. Breakfast and lunch are provided. We anticipate a high demand, so enrol quickly by completing the attached registration form and submitting it by fax or email (see attached registration information). TDSB staff will be reimbursed for supply coverage after attending the conference. For more information about the Inuit Conference contact Instructional Leader Mike Izzo at

Additional information will be provided in relation to the days of significance over the course of the month.

Learn more.

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