Halton Students Acknowledge Indigenous Awareness Month

Now that it's November, it's officially Indigenous awareness month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB).

According to a recent news release, throughout the month, and during the school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples in the country.

Indigenous Awareness Month provides an opportunity for students and school communities to recognize and deepen their understanding of the history, legacy and truth of our First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples in Canada," Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at the HCDSB, said in a recent news release.

Some of the events and activities taking place this month include:

  • A series of treaty learning presentations will be offered in schools across the district, to honour the importance of treaties and how they have helped shape the province.
  • Beading workshops will take place at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School on Nov. 6, and at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School on Nov. 8. The workshops will be run by a Metis Beading Artist who will show students how to make beaded poppies.
  • Art workshops led by Ame Papatsie will take place on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 at Assumption and St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary Schools. Papatsie is an Inuit artist, storyteller, and illustrator of children’s books.
  • A Professional Development session for staff will take place on Nov. 20 at Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, to help staff further their understanding of Indigenous education.

The HCDSB moved Indigenous Awareness Month from April to November to correspond with other Indigenous days of significance that take place this month.

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