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Toronto Catholic District School Board

National Indigenous Month-2015


Highlights from Indigenous Heritage Celebration 2015:




National Indigenous Day in Canada gives people of all walks of life the opportunity to celebrate and share knowledge about the Indigenous peoples’ values, customs, languages, and culture.
To learn more and to help students learn about First Nation, Métis and Inuit people in Canada:
  • You can access information and order free materials for your class by going to the INDIAN AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS CANADA website:
  • Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs website offers information and their KIDS' SPACE has information for younger students:
  • Ontario Ministry of Education - Aboriginal Education website offers teachers background information on their Aboriginal Education Strategy and Aboriginal Perspectives: A Guide To The Teacher's Toolkit a new collection of electronic resources from the Ministry of Education to help elementary and secondary teachers bring Aboriginal perspectives into their classrooms:
  • The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto offers information and programs on First Nation, Métis and Inuit culture for adults and students: They will be hosting a National Indigenous History Month Kick-Off Event at Dundas Square on June 1st, 2010. The flyer for this event is included as an attachment.
In addition, the year 2010 has been declare the Year of the Métis by both the Federal and Provincial Governments. Recognition is given to the Métis as a distinct Indigenous people in Canada. Métis people are the 'sons and daughters of the fur trade'. They came from the union of European men and Native women during the fur trade era of Canada's history. "Subsequent intermarriages between Métis women and Métis men resulted in the genesis of a new Indigenous people with a distinct identity, culture and consciousness." (Métis Nation of Ontario).  Attached are two articles on "2010 the Year of the Métis".