Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month at KPRDSB
During Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month, schools in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board participated in many awesome learning opportunities. Through the #IPAMKPR campaign, schools shared these fantastic pictures and captions.
"Today we started our Métis weaving recess activity. Love watching our students problem solve and work as a team all while having fun and crafting together I can’t wait for the finished product!!!"
"If you ask students for advice, you should ACT on it. Ideas from today’s Director’s Indigenous Student Advisory Group will inform future @kprschools planning."
"Percy staff learn about Indigenous history through “The Blanket Exercise”. Miigwech Sherry Mattson and Melody Crowe"
"Indigenous speaker, Kris Morrison, sharing traditional ecological knowledge with gr 9 geography class this morning"
November 28 performance of Cottagers and Indians at Market Hall Theatre co-sponsored by KPR
"Post- performance Q and A with performers and @TheDHTaylor. Cottagers and Indians was an outstanding addition to Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month. The arts are an important medium for learning about and interrogating real-life issues."
November 18 Metis Luncheon at the Canadian Canoe Museum
"Celebrating Louis Riel at the @CndnCanoeMuseum with the @MetisNationON Wapiti Council. @kprschools is committed to transforming our classrooms to include Indigenous history, culture and perspectives."
November 30 showing of Indian Horse at Trent U co-sponsored by KPR
"Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month comes to a close with a screening of Indian Horse at @TrentUniversity."
November 16 Métis
Flag Raising at the Education Centre
Treaty 20 Recognition & Friendship Accord
The First Nations – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI’s) “Treaty 20 Anniversary and Signing of the Friendship Accord” workshop held at Selwyn Public Library on November 22nd was a great success! The event was opened by Anne Taylor, the Aanishinaabemowin Coordinator from Curve Lake, who gave thanks for the gifts and blessings that are here already, and for those that are yet to come.
Three Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School students (Ashley Evans-Knott and Nadine Shilling from Curve Lake First Nation, and Rebecca Bartosh from Hiawatha First Nation) presented their knowledge about Treaty 20, its origins and impacts on the communities it encompasses, as well as hopes for the future between Indigenous Youth and Municipal governments. Moving forward, they proposed that First Nations should work with community partners within Treaty 20 areas to create Youth athletic programs, develop Indigenous Youth councils, and to continue to learn knowledge from their Elders.
Presentation from Thomas A Stewart S.S. Students:
Following the presentation was a dialogue session between Indigenous Youth, KPRDSB students (from Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School and Lakefield District Public School) Indigenous community members and Municipality staff from the Treaty 20 territories including topics of responsibility to land and waters, responsibilities of the youth as the leaders of the future, collective visions of reconciliation, and the importance of education. Following the dialogue session, groups worked together to prepare themselves for the drafting of the Friendship Accord for day two. The Friendship Accord is a living document, “a framework to undertake joint work to outline why and how [these] communities would like to build their relationships”.
The event was closed at the end of day one with a Ceremonial Bundle. This was an opportunity for workshop attendees to place gifts into a bundle as a commitment to the work being drafted within the Friendship Accord. People give gifts of tobacco bundles along with different items from the organizations they represented to show their appreciation of this opportunity as well as their pledge to be involved moving forward.
We are proud of the work our T.A.S.S. students did to collaborate in both learning and sharing the knowledge about Treaty 20, and we are thankful to the students and staff from Lakefield District Public School for their contributions during the workshop! For more information about the final draft of the Friendship Accord, please visit the CEDI website.
*The First Nations – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) aims to improve the economic prosperity of participating First Nations and adjacent municipalities through joint community economic development planning and initiatives. CEDI is a joint initiative of Cando and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). More information can be found at http://www.edo.ca/cedi.