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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Indigenous Education Week

June 1-5, 2020

June is National Indigenous History Month, and during Indigenous Education Week, the TCDSB is pleased to share the following thematic videos for each day. 

We encourage you to celebrate this week by watching a video each day and reflecting on the stories and histories of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples that are shared:

JUNE 2nd - Tshiuetin

​Climb aboard one of Canada’s only First Nations-owned railway for a breathtaking train journey through Northern Quebec and Labrador. The Tshiuetin train line provides an essential link between Schefferville and Sept-Îles – there are no roads between the two towns. The 357km journey takes all day (12 or 13 hours) and doesn’t cross a single town. Since 2005, the company has been owned by three First Nations: the Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam, Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach and the Nation Innu Matimekush – Lac John. ​

JUNE 3rd - The Doctrine of Discovery 1493 ​

The Doctrine of Discovery was used by European monarchies, beginning in the mid-fifteenth century, as a means of legitimizing the colonization of lands outside of Europe. It was issued in 1493, the year after Christopher Columbus arrived on the shores of what is now known as North America. The Doctrine of Discovery continues to influence Indigenous Peoples land claims throughout the world.​

JUNE 4th - Mini POW WOW & Traditional First Nation Recipes

Performance at St Patrick Catholic Secondary School by First Nation Dancers.

There are many traditional First Nations recipes to learn. Take some time to watch the following videos and learn these simple meals:

JUNE 5th - Student Artwork Showcase

A showcase of artwork from TCDSB students and the Gathering of Nation Summer Camp for Indigenous students. This is a 4-year project created to provide Indigenous students with learning opportunities in a safe and caring outdoor environment based on the philosophies, aesthetics, and worldviews of Indigenous peoples in Canada.​

View Ms Durvalina's Grade 9 Art ClassStudents learned about their spirit animal and the indigenous rituals around elders who dictate them. Generations of stories and traditions. See attachment.​