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Somali Heritage Month - October 2023

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TDSB has proudly recognized Somali Heritage Month during the month of October since June 2016, and we continue to expand on the selected theme Educate. Elevate. Excel.

In October 2020, the Government of Ontario proclaimed Somali Heritage Week Act, 2020 which will take place on June 25 through July 1.

"By proclaiming the week of June 25 through July 1 as Somali Heritage Week, the Province of Ontario recognizes the economic, political, social and cultural achievements and contributions of Somali Canadians in all aspects of Ontario society. Like many refugees and immigrants who have made Ontario their home, Somali Canadians are proud to be part of diverse communities across the province."

During the month of October several Somali Heritage Month educational opportunities are being organized for all TDSB students to further learn about Somali traditions and customs. These offerings include primary students having an opportunity to engage in a bookmark challenge where their creative talents can shine! Our intermediate and senior level students will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a creative writing challenge by answering questions about Somali traditions and share their thoughts on a variety of topics. We are excited to have an author reading and rich resources available to our staff to further our learning. Our students and staff are enriched by guest speakers and their knowledge as they inspire us to seek additional information.

The Somali Heritage Month volunteer planning committee is planning on putting together a special project to spotlight Somali students! Stay tuned for more information!

The poster below is being shared with all Toronto District School Board schools, and sites.

Please follow us on X (formerlyTwitter) for daily messages throughout the month of October: SomaliHM@TDSB

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