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November is Aboriginal Education Month

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB

November is Aboriginal Education Month

In November, we celebrate Aboriginal Education Month at the TDSB. This month provides an opportunity to centre Aboriginal perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curricula, and to focus on treaties and the legacy of residential schools.

Over the course of this month, schools and admin centres 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. Learn more on our website and on our Facebook page.

Here are some of the ways we are marking this important month:

Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario - November 6-12, 2016

We will celebrate the inaugural Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario. It is a time for everyone in Ontario to recognize the treaties that shape our province and bring awareness to treaty rights and treaty relationships. 

To mark Treaties Recognition Week, Ontario has been working with Indigenous partners to offer a series of educational resources and events. A dedicated online treaties resource library will be launched on featuring educational guides, videos and tools developed by Indigenous organizations for teachers and students across the province.

To complement the online resource library, we are also working with partners to offer a network of Indigenous speakers to share their perspectives on treaties in schools across Ontario. The Aboriginal Education Centre will bring a series of treaty learning presentations to schools throughout the TDSB.

If you are interested in hosting a treaty presentation during Treaties Recognition Week or have any questions about this initiative, please contact Becky Fong, Senior Communications Planner at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. 

A webinar series is available on November 9, titled "Treaties and the Treaty Relationship". They are both after school hours. These webinars would be helpful for educators wanting to teach about treaties. If you're interested in participating, ensure that you register. Learn more

Inuit Day - November 7, 2016

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs issued the following statement of Inuit Day:

“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." Learn more.

Remembering Aboriginal Veterans - November 11, 2016  

On November 11, we will be remembering and honouring Aboriginal veterans as part of Remembrance Day ceremonies. Aboriginal peoples have a long history of defending Canada and supporting its war efforts here at home and also abroad. Learn more.

Louis Riel Day - November 16, 2016

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 face. Learn more.


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