Reconciliation, renewal day
The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is hosting a special gathering of Indigenous elders, knowledge-keepers, local students and school staff today (May 9) in Maxville to discuss reconciliation and provide opportunities for learning about Indigenous people’s stories, histories, and culture.
The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Metcalfe Centre, on the fairgrounds.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission + 3 Gathering for Reflection and Renewal takes place over four days at two locations to accommodate students from across the board.
The eastern division portion taking place in Maxville is being hosted by Maxville Public School and will include several UCDSB schools as partici- pants.
There will be an evening feast on the first day of the event, which will include a Thanksgiving Address, remarks by dignitaries and a presentation of a special hand-crafted Bentwood Box honouring schools that host these days of learning and reflection.
The activities are part of the board’s efforts to respond to the “Calls To Action” issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015, which identified “sustained public education and dialogue, including youth engagement” as the way to move forward beyond the sad national legacy of federal residential schools and its impact on Indigenous people in Canada.