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UGDSB students and staff continue FNMI education during Treaties Recognition week

November 6, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – From November 4-10 continued their learning in Indigenous education as schools marked Treaties Recognition Week. In 2016, the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs declared the first week of November of every year as Treaties Recognition Week to honour treaties and to help Ontarians learn about the significance of treaties.

Learning about treaties and the histories, perspectives and contributions of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples is something that Upper Grand District School Board students learn throughout the whole year.

On November 4, Indigenous students and staff met at the Art Gallery of Guelph where Nancy Rowe spoke about Anishinaabe creation stories and treaties.

UGDSB students had the chance to see the Guelph Museums John Galt Musical throughout the week. This musical is part of the museum’s Decolonizing Guelph project and looks at the story of the “founding” of Guelph from a different light, including Indigenous perspectives and unpacking how this region came to be acknowledged as Mississaugas of the Credit territory.

Jan Sherman, an Anishinaabe Elder, visited several UGDSB schools in the board to speak to students about treaties. 

To learn more about Treaties Recognition Week, please visit

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