Treaties Recognition Week, November 5 — 11, 2017
Bluewater District School Board continues to honour its longstanding commitment to invite dialogue and foster indepth learning regarding the history and culture of Indigenous peoples. During Treaties Recognition Week, a provincially designated awareness occasion Nov. 5 - 11, the Board promotes public education and awareness about treaties and treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens.
In Bluewater schools the events for various grade levels include curriculum related learning activities that focus on the history of treaties.
At G.C. Huston Public School in Southampton, Saugeen District Secondary School in Port Elgin, and Peninsula Shores District School in Wiarton, guest speakers will share presentations with students that broaden treaties awareness while depicting some of the untold stories of Canada’s past and present.
Saugeen District is also planning a school- wide art-based treaty activity for all students to take part in, while an art exhibit will be staged at Northport Elementary School.
Several resources developed by the Ministry of Education have also been made available to assist educators as they incorporate treaties related learning into the curriculum.
“Expanding the Ontario curriculum to include the history and legacy of residential schools, and the true history of the colonization of our Indigenous peoples is something for which I have continued to advocate, with the support of my fellow trustees,” said Bluewater District School Board Trustee Marg Gaviller in a Nov. 3v press release.
During Treaties Recognition Week, it is important to recognize the hard and thoughtful work of our Bluewater staff across many levels, who continue to push the conversation and cultivate learning and awareness to ensure that our students become active participants in Canada’s long journey towards reconciliation according to Superintendent of Education Lori Wilder.
For information about the history of treaties and treaty relationships, please visit www.ontario.ca/treaties Beyond Treaties Recognition Week, a number of Indigenous-themed awareness initiatives are planned in Bluewater. Saugeen District Secondary School will host learning activities for staff during the Nov. 24 PA Day that focus on cultural competency, and implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.