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March is...

Celtic Canadian Heritage Month



Celtic Canadian Heritage Month
in the TCDSB

WHEREAS The Legislative Assembly of Ontario commenced discussions in 1998 through private members’ public business on the contributions of Canadians of Irish descent as of 1845;
WHEREAS the TCDSB recognizes that Canadians of Irish descent, who fled Ireland as a result of the potato famine, were instrumental in the development of the separate school board in Ontario because of their willingness to sign, along with Canadians of African descent, the petition that created educational opportunities for all, through The 1850 Common School Act, Clause 19;
WHEREAS in 2004, the Government of Ontario proclaimed Bill 33: An Act proclaiming Irish Heritage Day - March 17th, the day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of the Irish;
WHEREAS in 2008 TCDSB enacted March as Celtic Canadian Heritage Month that encompasses inclusion of various members within the diaspora, as an acknowledgement of their contributions to the social, political, economic, and cultural life within our communities in the country;
WHEREAS the TCDSB envisions students who apply Christian beliefs and Gospel values in keeping with our Catholic learning experience of student achievement and well-being;
AND WHEREAS the TCDSB through the commitment of our staff, empowers our students to continue to take a leadership role aimed at eliminating all forms of discrimination;
NOW THEREFORE, The Toronto Catholic District School Board, hereby proclaim March as “Celtic Canadian Heritage Month”.