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June is National Indigenous History Month

May 31, 2024


Guelph, ON — The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) celebrates June as National Indigenous History Month and recognizes this month as an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the rich and vibrant knowledges, contributions, histories, cultures and futures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples respectively.

The UGDSB’s Indigenous Education department has created a calendar with daily activities, weekly topics and extension activities for staff. The calendar focuses on the theme of celebration and incorporating Indigenous content into K-12 classrooms with lesson plans, inquiry activities and live-streamed events.

There will also be in person and virtual events throughout the month of June. Teddy Syrette, a 2-Spirit, Anishinaabe artist and advocate from Batchewana First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie Ontario will be visiting UGDSB to provide professional development to educators about 2SLGBTQ+ and inclusion in schools. They will also present at an evening event for Indigenous families and an event for Indigenous secondary students and allies.

On June 13, the Indigenous Education Department will host a virtual PD session with author of the Mighty Muskrats series, Michael Hutchinson, to discuss his books and how they can help weave Indigenous content in junior curriculum and classrooms.

Finally, from June 17-21, Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk and the North Sound will be visiting elementary schools across UGDSB to present “Echoes of the Land”, a celebration of Indigenous stories and songs. Alyssa, a celebrated Red River Métis fiddler, and Forrest Eaglespeaker, a profound storyteller and musician from the Blackfoot community, merge their heritages to present a series focused on self-love, empowerment, and the deep connections with land and nature. 

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