SCDSB schools recognize Treaties Recognition Week with new traditional territory acknowledgementNovember 6, 2017
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Students and staff across the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) will be recognizing Treaties Recognition Week from Nov. 5 to 11 with a variety of in-class activities.
“All of us, whether we are Indigenous or non-Indigenous, are treaty people, and we have a responsibility to reinforce that understanding within our school communities,” says Alison Bradshaw, SCDSB Principal of Indigenous Education. “We can all benefit from learning about the histories, cultures, contributions and perspectives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.”
In addition to classroom and other educational activities, in the coming weeks all SCDSB schools will begin to implement a daily land acknowledgement, along with a more formal acknowledgement for Board meetings and significant school and board events.
“The acknowledgement of traditional territory in schools and at board events is an important act of reconciliation,” states Stuart Finlayson, Superintendent of Education Area 1/Indigenous Education/Parent Involvement. “It is a sign of respect for the First Nations people of Simcoe County, on whose land we stand.”
This acknowledgement of traditional territory was developed in partnership with the SCDSB’s First Nations Education Advisory Committee and local Indigenous partners. It is based on the acknowledgement created by the Georgian College Council of Elders and adapted for use in SCDSB schools. The acknowledgement was approved by the Board of Trustees in October.
Alison Bradshaw, Principal of Indigenous Education