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Thursday, November 01, 2018
HCDSB Acknowledges Indigenous Awareness Month in November

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.

Here are a few of the events and activities planned for the month of November:

  • Treaties Recognition Week will be celebrated November 5-9, 2018. A series of treaty learning presentations will be offered in schools across the district, to honour the importance of treaties and how they have helped to shape the province of Ontario.
  • Beading workshops ​will take place at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School on November 6th, and at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School on November 8th. The workshops will be facilitated by a Métis Beading Artist who will teach students how to create beaded poppies.
  • Art workshops led by Ame Papatsie will take place on November 12th and 13th at Assumption and St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary Schools. Ame is a passionate Inuit artist, storyteller, and illustrator of children's books.
  • A Professional Development session for staff will take place on November 20th at Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, to help staff further their understanding of Indigenous education. 

Quick Facts:

  • New this year ~ the Halton Catholic Board moved Indigenous Awareness Month from April to November to coincide with other Indigenous days of significance that take place in November. 
  • 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 recognize and deepen their understanding of 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. 

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:



The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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Media Contact:
Amanda Bartucci
Communications Officer
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 246
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Andrea Swinden
Manager, Strategic Communications
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 159

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