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Monday, October 28, 2019
HCDSB Recognizes Indigenous Awareness Month

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 4-8, 2019. 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.
  • Storytelling with Isaac Murdoch will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School on November 18th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Isaac Murdoch is one of the founders of Onaman Collective, a grassroots land-based arts organization that shares Indigenous knowledge and language with youth.
  • A Professional Development arts workshop for staff will take place on November 18th at St. John Catholic Elementary School in Oakville. Isaac Murdoch will lead the workshop to help staff further their understanding of Indigenous education.
  • HCDSB staff Sherry Saevil and Jody-Lynne Harbour will be presenting at Indspire's​ National Gathering for Indigenous Education on November 22 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. The gathering hosts 500 educators interested in improving the educational outcomes of K-12 Indigenous Students. This year's theme is Transforming and Healing through Education.

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 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:
Juliana Gligoric
Junior Communications Officer
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 230
Alternate Media Contact:
Amanda Bartucci
Communications Officer
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 246

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