November is Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). Throughout the month of November and during this school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

Days of Importance:

  • Treaties Recognition Week will be celebrated November 2-6, 2020. Resources have been provided to elementary schools to educate students about the importance of treaties and how they have helped to shape the province of Ontario.​
  • Inuit Day, November 7, 2020. On this day we recognize the cultures, histories, contemporary contexts and rich contributions of Inuit peoples in our community and across the country. 
  • National Aboriginal Veterans Day, November 8, 2020.  This is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of Aboriginal contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. 
  • Louis Riel Day, November 16, 2020. Louis Riel was a great Métis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870. ​

Virtual Family Paint Nights with Anishinaabe Artist, Moses Lunham

Join the HCDSB Indigenous Education team for virtual paint nights hosted by Anishinaabe Artist Moses Lunham as we continue on our journey of Treaty understandings.

Get your paint supplies and join either (or both) of the Virtual Paint Nights for 2 hours of artistic guidance!

Wampum ~ Virtual Paint Night
Thursday, November 19th,
2020 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Register for the event here.

A Celebration of Music, Life and the Full Moon – The Star People Dance ~ Virtual Paint Night
Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Register for the event here.​​

Treaty Recognition Week ~ A Ta​lk with Former Ontario Human Rights Commission Member, Maurice Switzer

Maurice Switzer, Former Ontario Human Rights Commissioner and Director of Nimkii Communications, shares his knowledge on Treaties in Ontario and the history of our nation. His way of educating through storytelling keeps you intrigued and leaning into the Truths that all Canadians continue to learn about today. View the video here.

Treaty Recognition Week ~ Our Youth Speak to the Truth

Join Grandmother’s Voice Youth Ambassadors Makasa LookingHorse and Kailynne Hamilton​ along with We Matter’s Youth Ambassadors Gabby Jubinville and Marshall Morrisseau as they share in a discussion about Treaties. View the video here.​

Quick Facts

  • ​​​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 and school communities to learn more about the history, legacy and truth of our First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.” 

– Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at the Halton Catholic District School Board.