Treaties Recog­ni­tion Week, Novem­ber 5 — 11, 2017

Shoreline Beacon - - Opinion -

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.

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