We know that through teaching and learning in our schools, we can move towards a Canada where the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians is founded on mutual respect.
As part of our support of the Calls to Action of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), school boards are recognizing the second annual Treaties Recognition Week, from November 4 to 8, 2019. The goal of this week is to promote public education and awareness about the history and importance of treaties and treaty relationships.
At the Keewatin-Patricia DSB, for example, the board is working closely with the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs to plan two school-based opening and closing ceremonies, in addition to other activities in many schools. The opening ceremonies at Sioux North HS will include speakers and teachings from local leaders. The ceremony will also include drumming on the schools’ drums and a Living Library presentation by Elder Robert Green. A full afternoon of traditional activities has been planned for students and staff of both schools following the opening. The closing ceremonies will include speakers and a presentation of Treaties Recognition Week activities across the Board. The ceremony will also include drumming and a Living Library presentation by Elder Don Jones.
The week provides a recurring opportunity for teachers to plan curriculum-linked learning activities about treaties during the school year and will help promote awareness of treaties in the broader public.
A number of curriculum-linked resources have been created to encourage dialogue and discussion in Ontario classrooms. These resources, as well as additional information, can be found at the following links: