November is Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month

Community Events for Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month

KPR has committed to transforming our schools and classrooms with the inclusion of Indigenous history, culture and perspectives for the benefit of all students.  We believe all students, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are enriched by learning about the contributions and legacies of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

Since 2017, every November has been designated Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month at KPR. This month was chosen because of other special dates and events in November, including Treaty Recognition Week, Louis Riel Day and Inuit Day.

Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month offers us the opportunity to highlight different aspects of the work being done in KPR schools year-round relating to First Nations, Métis and Inuit education. It is also an opportunity to engage the community in all regions of the board for a discussion about why Indigenous Education is important in our schools.

Parents, staff,  families and community members are welcome to attend all evening events throughout the month of November 2019. Check out the free film screenings and discussions taking place, to which all interested members of the community are invited.

Some of the other events noted below may require registration or are limited in enrolment/access.  For more information on any of these events and information on how to register for the non-school based events (marked **), please contact Colleen Honey at






November 1

8:20–9:35 AM

Alderville First Nation Chief Dave Mowat – Treaty Week

Courtice Secondary School

November 1

7:30 pm

Kawartha Lakes Round Dance

44th Annual Elders Gathering

Great Hall – Trent University**

November 1 – 30

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society Hosting Caring  Across the Boundaries exhibit

Clarington Central Secondary School and various other schools

November 2

10 AM – 2 PM


Friendship Accord Signing

(Canadian Association of Municipalities)

Lang Pioneer Village**

November 7

Inuit Day - David Ruben Piqtoukun, Inuit Artist & Sculptor, teaching about Soap Stone Carvings

Colborne Public School

November 8

11:55 AM

Alderville First Nation Chief Dave Mowat – Treaty Week

Cobourg Collegiate Institute

November 8

National Indigenous Veterans’ Day

Various Schools

November 13

Indigenous Awareness Lacrosse Day

Bowmanville High School

November 14

7:00-8:30 PM

Colten Boushie Documentary – Film Screening and Community Discussion

Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute

November 15

9:15 AM

Métis Flag Raising

Education Centre

November 21

7:00-8:30 PM

Rumble – Film Screening and Community Discussion

Port Hope High School

November 28

7:00-8:30 PM

Our People Will Be Healed – Film Screening and Community Discussion

Bowmanville High School


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November 4-8 is Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario

Treaties Recognition Week is a time to learn about the importance of treaties in Ontario.

Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements, such as land purchases by the Crown. These agreements were signed between 1781 and 1930.

Schools within the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board sit on land within the Williams Treaties of 1923, signed with the Mississauga and Chippewa Nations. The Williams Treaties First Nations include the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, and Hiawatha First Nation, as well as other neighbouring First Nations.

Treaties helped to establish relationships between First Nations and Europeans, and between people and the land.

To learn more about Treaties and access other resources, please visit our Indigenous Education page.

You may also wish to visit the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation’s website:

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