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Toronto Catholic District School Board

National Indigenous Month 2016


Visit The Sacred Fire Project on June 21st at Malvern Town Centre.  For more information:
City of Toronto Events:  Indigenous Day Poster
Aboriginal Education:  Dispelling stereotypes; promoting the Aboriginal Identity - Pilot Program


National  Indigenous Day: 
Stop, Look, Listen and Engage

The Sacred Fire Project video


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“The Sacred Fire Project”  hopes to transform how we perceive and interact with First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples.   The project will be visiting the Catholic Education Centre at 80 Sheppard Avenue East from June 13th to 17th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The official opening of the exhibit will take place on Tuesday, June 14th from 11 a.m. to noon.  It was developed by Grade 11 students in NBE3U at Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School and their teacher, Vanessa Pinto, during the 2nd semester of the 2015/2016 school year, with the cooperation of Dr. Frank Pio, TCDSB First Nation, Métis and Inuit Support Teacher.
The purpose of the exhibition is for students to express their views of what they have learned about Indigenous People in Canada and what has happened and is happening to Indigenous cultures in Canada. The exhibit addresses the problem that the Stories of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples are not being communicated accurately and presented in a way that transforms the way the public perceives and interacts with First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples. Through this exhibition there is an opportunity to change how the public at  large interacts and engages in dialogue with these stories by combining art and interactive technology in an environment that will make people stop, look, listen, and engage in conversation.
The exhibit consists of a multimedia installation of Stories of Canada's Indigenous People. The setup of the installation is based on the Ojibway Medicine Wheel. The exhibit will be places in a visible and open area. A 15-minute video will be show simultaneously on four 96” x 72’‘ projection screens with different start times and end times, occasionally having the story loop at the same time and end at the same time.
The exhibit will also be on display  Malvern Town Centre on June 21st for National Indigenous Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on June 22nd at Blessed Mother Teresa C.S.S.  and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
TCDSB Elder-in-Residence Clayton Shirt will attend the official opening on June 14th at the Catholic Education  Centre and the Malvern Town Centre on June 21st.
Dr. Frank Pio created and wrote the project with  funding from the TCDSB Summer Innovation Program and the Ministry of Education Indigenous Department.