September 30 marked the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. But in our system Truth must be told and Reconciliation must be worked for every day.
This day is an opportunity to continue the learning and conversations about the true history of this land now called Canada. September 30 was chosen because September is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. It is important that we continue to learn the truths of the Indian Residential Schools System and those whose lives were taken and the survivors of those schools. We hope that these days are just the beginning of, or continuation of, these conversations, as the work needed in Truth and Reconciliation must happen year-round.
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Healing Centre Waterloo Wellington partners with the Upper Grand District School Board to build a traditional birch bark canoe with high school students with direction from master birch bark canoe builder, Chuck Commanda.
Five Indigenous students from across the Upper Grand District School Board are taking part in a canoe build this summer at John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute under the guidance of First Nations master canoe builder, Chuck Commanda.
June is National Indigenous History Month, a month where we celebrate and recognize histories, contributions and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.
Policy 519 states that the Upper Grand District School Board acknowledges that Indigenous Peoples are distinct from other equity seeking groups in that they are self-determining nations with inherent rights, laws, and institutions. Indigenous rights are distinct. It is the goal of the UGDSB to ensure that Indigenous staff and students are not deprived of their rights, and are provided with a learning and working environment that is free from racism and discrimination of any kind.
Program for Indigenous families in the UGDSB: Anishinaabemowin Nanda-gikendan “Seeking to Learn the Language”
A new weekend program for Indigenous families begins this September. Anishinaabemowin Nanda-gikendan – “Seeking to Learn the Language” – will run on Saturdays from 9-11:30am, from Sept. 18, 2021, to May 28, 2022.
The Anti-Racist Educator Reads podcast has been nominated for a 2021 Canadian Podcast Award. The podcast is hosted by Colinda Clyne, the Upper Grand District School Board’s Indigenous Education Curriculum Lead.
The following new draft policy has been released for public consultation, and feedback from the public is welcome on the draft documents: Policy 519 – Indigenous Education (First Nations, Métis, Inuit).
This year, Upper Grand DSB board and school staff groups have continued organizing and participating in book studies, focusing on furthering learning in anti-racism and anti-oppression. Check out some book recommendations focused on Indigenous education and knowledge.