The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) commemorates Treaties Recognition Week on November 4-8, joining school boards across the province in promoting education and awareness about treaty rights and treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Ontario.
This year, the LKDSB will be focused on increasing awareness and understanding of Wampum Belts and their importance to understanding treaties and treaty relationships in Canada. Wampum Belts are used to communicate agreements and shared understandings.
In order to support educators with integrating treaty awareness in their classroom curriculum, the LKDSB Indigenous Education Team has created a four-day lesson outline to be used during Treaties Recognition Week.
“Treaties Recognition Week is an opportunity for students and staff to learn more about treaties and their importance to all residents of Ontario," said Director John Howitt. “As per our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action as they relate to education, we hope to increase student and staff awareness of Wampum Belts and treaty relationships, which will extend to increasing awareness and understanding of treaties in the broader public."
The LKDSB recognizes the traditional land of Aamjiwnaang First Nation; Eelŭnaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Delaware Nation), Kettle & Stony Point First Nation; and Walpole Island (Bkejwanong) First Nation. The LKDSB appreciates the ongoing support and partnership of the four First Nations in working together to increase education and understanding about Indigenous histories and perspectives.
For more information about LKDSB's Indigenous Education, visit: https://www.lkdsb.net/Board/ind-edu/Pages/default.aspx#/=
For additional information contact:
Jane Bryce, Chair of the Board, 519-899-2619
John Howitt, Director of Education, 519-336-1500, Ext 31297
Helen Lane, Superintendent of Education – Superintendent of Education – Leadership and Equity, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31263
For reference information contact:
Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31262
November 1, 2019