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LKDSB Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21

June 20, 2019

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The Lambton Kent District School Board celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, in recognition of the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous peoples within schools and communities across Canada.

The LKDSB believes student success is achieved through the shared responsibility of students, staff, families, community and Indigenous partners. The ongoing support of the four First Nation communities within the LKDSB catchment area promotes the success and well-being of self-identified students, as well as the understanding of Indigenous histories, traditions and perspectives amongst all students and staff.

In support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action as they relate to education, the LKDSB continues to build capacity amongst its teachers and staff through ongoing professional development related to Indigenous education. The LKDSB demonstrates respect and appreciation of Indigenous ways of knowing, world views and histories through inclusive programming and curriculum.

The LKDSB recognizes the Traditional Territorial Acknowledgement during opening exercises in LKDSB schools and at Board Meetings, which was developed through a collaboration with the local First Nations and the Indigenous Liaison Committee. During the 2018-2019 school year, the LKDSB welcomed its first Indigenous Student Trustee to the Board, which further incorporates Indigenous students' voices and perspectives in Board decisions.

"The LKDSB appreciates the ongoing partnerships with our local First Nation communities as we work together to support the education and understanding of Indigenous histories and perspectives," said Director Jim Costello. "On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we recognize the contributions of all First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, families and teachers in promoting Indigenous education across the LKDSB."

"We appreciate the support of our First Nation partners at Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Delaware Nation, Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, and Bkejwanong First Nation to promote student achievement," said Chair Jane Bryce. "The LKDSB remains committed to supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action as they relate to education."

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For additional information contact:
Jane Bryce, Chair of the Board, 519-899-2619
Jim Costello, Director of Education, 519-336-1500, Ext 31297
Helen Lane, Superintendent of Education - Program: Leadership and Equity, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31263

For reference information contact:
Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31262
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