April is Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). Throughout the month of April and beyond, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and history of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.
Here are a few of the events and activities planned for April:
- An award-winning documentary, Angry Inuk, will be presented at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School on Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 pm. Director, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit peoples, as they campaign for a sustainable economy.
- Beading workshops will take place across HCDSB from April 20-28, facilitated by Naomi Smith, a First Nations Traditional Artisan & Educator from Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario. Naomi shares a historical and contemporary perspective of First Nations people through the story of beads.
- HCDSB will be offering "Project of Heart", which will examine the history and truth of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, through collaborative, inter-generational, hands-on art.
- HCDSB encourages voluntary self-identification of students and families of Indigenous descent. Indigenous Student Self-identification allows students and families to identify as having First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry. The self-identification process is entirely voluntary and confidential.
By self-identifying, students and their families will have access to a variety of cultural programming, as well as opportunities for funding and supports for post-secondary programs.
"Indigenous Awareness Month provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the history, legacy and truth of our First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada."
- Sherry Saevil, Aboriginal Liaison Officer at the Halton Catholic District School Board.
For more information on the activities and events scheduled across Halton Catholic schools in honour of Indigenous Awareness Month, visit the Board’s website at: www.hcdsb.org