The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) is recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. This year is the national 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
On this day and throughout the year, the LKDSB honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. LKDSB is committed to working with and alongside local Indigenous communities to promote learning and understanding of Indigenous rights, histories, knowledge, culture, and perspectives. Staff, students, and families are encouraged to learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
June is National Indigenous History Month, a time for all Canadians to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Current events reinforce the roles and responsibilities of educators and education workers to support learning and understanding of Indigenous rights, histories, knowledge, culture and perspectives, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action as they relate to education.
Throughout the month of June, the LKDSB Indigenous Education team has arranged a calendar of events and activities for staff and students to learn more about the diversity of Indigenous culture and histories; history of Pow Wows; significance of feathers; a Wallaceburg District Secondary School Virtual First Nation Music and Dance Showcase; connections to the land; Indigenous place names; lacrosse; and a virtual National Indigenous Peoples Day event, among other topics.
“As we honour National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 and celebrate its 25th anniversary, we recognize the role of education in continuing to work with and alongside First Nation communities to increase knowledge and understanding of Indigenous rights, histories, perspectives, culture and knowledge and to further our strategic priority of 'Inclusive Diversity: Champion anti-oppressive education'," said Director John Howitt.
“On June 21 and throughout the school year, the LKDSB is committed to honouring the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada," said Chair Randy Campbell. “The LKDSB appreciates the educational partnerships with Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Bkejwanong (Walpole Island) First Nation, Eelŭnaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Delaware Nation) and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation as we continue to work together to promote students' success and well-being."
Learn more about Indigenous Education at the LKDSB.
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For additional information contact:
Randy Campbell, Chair of the Board, 226-996-9717
John Howitt, Director of Education, 519-336-1500, Ext 31297
For reference information contact:
Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31262
June 17, 2021